Jakarta – Indonesian Army spokesman Gen. M. Fuad Basya said that in six months the Army and the National Police lost at least 40 firearms in Papua.
Fuad told Tempo.co that officers lost their weapons while fighting members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM). On occasion, the officers reportedly also raid the OPM's weapons.
The Army has helped the police to maintain security in Papua. The last offensive contact between the forces with the OPM occurred on Aug. 1 in Pirime district, Lanny Jaya regency. During the gunfight, two Army officers were injured while five OPM members were killed.