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Papua Liberation Army claims execution of intelligence officer

Tempo - July 5, 2022

Febriyan, Jakarta – The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) representative Sebby Sambom in a written statement Tempo received on Tuesday claims to have executed a member of the Indonesian intelligence who he claims had gone undercover as a gold miner at Papua's Korowai District.

Sebby said he received information today and warned that "foreigners" will face death if they dare to enter their territory. He did not elaborate on the deadly incident in detail.

"The TPNPB headquarters management receive an initial report from the Yahukimo region on the successful killing of an Indonesian intelligence who was disguised as a gold miner at Korowai. The report from the TPNPB troops suggests that the intelligence officer had an inspector rank," Sebby explained.

He believes the mobilization of intelligence officials to Papua is closely related to the region's autonomous region expansion, which he argues is a program forcefully enacted by the Indonesian central government. Sebby also urged President Jokowi to revoke the Papua New Autonomous Region (DOB) Law.

"If the warning from the TPNPB is not heeded, we will act and execute anyone, any immigrants that enter Papua," he warned.

The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) passed the Papua DOB Law on June 30, inaugurating the formation of three provinces that consists of the South Papua Province, Central Papua Province, and the Papua Highlands Province.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1608841/papua-liberation-army-claims-execution-of-intelligence-office