According to TNI (Indonesian Military) sources, one of their occupying soldiers was killed in a gun battle with TPNPB (National Liberation Army of West Papua) forces in Nduga region on Saturday.
The soldier was part of a unit guarding a bridge construction site which was ambushed by TPNPB forces. The construction site the TNI were guarding was most likely a Istaka Karya site. Istaka Kartya are an Indonesian government-owned contractor who are attempting to build the Trans Papua Highway, a project that would devastate the Nduga region if completed.
The TNI had to call off their hunt for the guerrillas due to “dangerous ravines and dense jungle surrounding the area”.