Indonesian Intelligence Chief Killed in Ambush by West Papuan Guerrillas

Published April 27, 2021

Indonesian Intelligence Chief Killed in Ambush by West Papuan Guerrillas

An Indonesian regional intelligence chief has been killed in an ambush by West Papuan guerrillas.

General I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha, who headed Papua’s intelligence agency, was killed during a shoot-out on Monday after West Papuan guerrillas opened fire at a patrolling counterinsurgency forces unit in the Papuan highlands on Sunday.

West Papuan guerrillas claimed responsibility for the attack, adding there were no casualties on their side.

Indonesian occupation forces have for decades committed heinous abuses against the West Papuan people, including extrajudicial killings of militants and protesters in their failing efforts to oppose the ongoing anti-colonial insurgency.

Formerly colonized by the Dutch, the West Papuan people claimed their independent in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia brutally colonized the region two years later with the false promise of holding an independence referendum.

The subsequent vote in favour of staying part of Indonesia was widely considered a sham.

The Indonesian colonizers exploit the resource-rich region, while murdering and displacing West Papuan people from their land. However, the West Papuan insurgents have been successfully attacking Indonesian police and military for decades and the guerrilla struggle continues to gain momentum.