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Firefight between security forces and TPNPB in Intan Jaya result in death of minor, one in coma

Human Rights Monitor - April 12, 2024

Tragedy struck during a funeral gathering in the Yokatapa Village, Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency, Papua Tengah Province, on 8 April 2024, resulting in the death of thirteen-year-old Ronaldus Duwitau. Six-year-old Nepina Duwitau sustained multiple bullet wounds on the hand and the head. She is currently in a coma.

The incident unfolded during a firefight between security forces and members of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) around 2:00 pm local time. The gunshots reportedly rang out from the nearby Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) posts located next to Bank Papua Sugapa, raising concerns that security force members released the deadly shots. Initially seeking refuge inside the house, the two victims, along with other mourners, found themselves in the line of fire.


The incident underscores the urgent need for impartial inquiry and justice in West Papua, given that similar incidents recently occurred.

On 1 March 2024, seventeen-year-old Nelson Sani was shot dead during an armed clash between the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) and members of the Raider 330 military command in the Mamba Village, Sugapa District of Intan Jaya Regency.

On 28 February 2024, Yonif 330 military members shot two indigenous Papuans, Selli Maiseni, 17, and Mr Mikalon Yoani, 26, in Mamba Village, Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency.

On 21 January 2024, security force members shot dead Mr Yusak Sondegau, 38, in front of his house in the Jalai Village, Intan Jaya Regency. Security force personnel killed 23-year-old Mr Melkias Nambagani near the Bilogai Village on 23 January 2024.

Source: https://humanrightsmonitor.org/case/firefight-between-security-forces-and-tpnpb-in-intan-jaya-result-in-death-of-minor-one-in-coma