On January 9, 2019, a group of the Free Papua Armed Rebels led by Lerymayu Telenggen ambushed a small convoy of Indonesian military on their way to get logistic from Sinak Airport, Papua. The exact location of the surprise attack was on Gigobak Village, Sinak District, Puncak Regency, Papua Province. The ambush happened at 08:55 am local time (UTC+9).
The Free Papua Armed Rebels attack was resisted by the Indonesian military; gun firing was inevitable. Soldier Head Subhan Razak was shot in the calf but the rebels was repelled back into the forest. Sweeping the area afterwards, a rebel was found dead.
The body of the dead rebel was then evacuated and handed over to the head of a nearby village so that they can immediately held a funeral. The injured military member of Indonesian Armed Force was sent to the Timika Regional Hospital.
“They rebels shot then got shot. We really regret this happening. It did not supposed to happen. I asked for the armed rebels, if there were problems, please don’t just fire your weapon. Come to us, through letters or direct meeting, so that no one will be injured.”
Willem Wandik, The Regent of Puncak, Papua.
The Regent of Puncak, Willem Wandik, had warned the Indonesian military about the armed rebels citing that the group has around 300 to 500 armed members. As the regent of a red zone area, Willem had also witness how every shooting halt the economy and governmental activities. In turn, it also affected people and the development in the area.
“Shootings frequently happened in Puncak and Puncak Jaya Regency, it is a normal occurrence for us. However, I hope that this will not happen again in the future. I want to build infrastructure, education, and the economy of the people. I hope there won’t be anymore shootings because it can halt the development and the life of people in the area.”
Willem Wandik, The Regent of Puncak, Papua
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