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Villagers flee military operation in the Maybrat regency

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - September 5, 2021

In the early hours of the 2nd September, The TPNPB-OPM raided the Kisor military post in the Maybrat regency, West Papua Province. Four soldiers were killed and two wounded.

The provincial military commander Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa said."I have ordered my personnel to hunt down the group," adding that two platoons had been deployed for the task.

The West Papua regional military command spokesman Hendra Pesireron also said more than 30 military and intelligence forces joined together to find the attackers.

Local People have fled to the forest to avoid a possible security force operation in the area.

Joe Collins of AWPA said, "West Papuans are well aware of what occurs during military operations. Houses are burned, food gardens destroyed and the military consider every Papuan to be a potential OPM member, resulting in possible arrest and torture".

Jubi has reported that the Governor of West Papua, Dominggus Mandacan has asked the people of South Aifat District, Maybrat Regency to return to their villages and return to their normal activities. Mandacan said residents need not worry about the security situation in Maybrat. (Jubi)

Joe Collins said, "the attack on the military post is receiving a lot of media attention and hopefully this will be enough to stop any abuses against the local people by the security forces.".

Source: https://awpasydneynews.blogspot.com/2021/09/villagers-flee-military-operation-in.htm