Hostage-taker Demands Release of Papua After Kidnapping Pilot and Passengers of Susi Air

Hostage-taker Calls for Launch of Papua After Kidnapping Pilot and Passengers of Susi Air

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta –¬†After taking hostage the pilot and passengers of the Susi Air airplane, the management of the West Papua Nationwide Liberation Military Forces-Free Papua Group (TPNPB-OPM) made calls for on the Authorities of Indonesia. In one among their calls for, the TPNPB-OPM led by Egianus Kagoya demanded Indonesia to let go of Papua area.

“We, TPNPB Kodap III Ndugama-Derakma, won’t launch the pilot we’re holding hostage, except the Unitary Republic of Indonesia acknowledges and releases us from the colonial state of Indonesia (impartial Papua),” mentioned TPNPB-OPM spokesman Sebby Sambon quoting Kogoya’s assertion, Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Sebby by his written assertion additionally demanded that the Authorities of Indonesia instantly shut all incoming flights to Nduga Regency. He additionally conveyed calls for that TNI-Polri members to not shoot or interrogate Nduga civilians.

Aside from that, in addition they demanded that the development that had been carried out by the Authorities of the Republic of Indonesia on Ndugama land be fully stopped. If improvement actions are nonetheless discovered, mentioned Sebby, they are going to threaten to wipe out all current developments.

In his official report, Egianus claimed that his troops had taken the pilot of the Susi Air airplane hostage. It’s recognized that that is the second time {that a} comparable incident was carried out by TPNPB-OPM because the Lorenz Workforce in 1996 in Mapnduma. “The pilot had been taken hostage and we’re on the way in which out,” mentioned Egianus in his report.

Not solely holding a pilot and 5 passengers hostage, Sebby mentioned that Egianus’ troops additionally burned a Susi Air airplane with registration quantity PK-BVY on the airfield in Paro district, Nduga Regency, Papua Mountains. The airplane flew from Mimima to Paro district at 06:26 WIT. “TPNPB troops succeeded in burning it,” mentioned Sambom.

With a purpose to totally examine this case, Nationwide Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo mentioned the Peaceable Carstensz Operation staff in Papua can be deployed to rescue the pilot and passengers of the Susi Air airplane who have been being held hostage.

“We’re a joint staff from Operation Peaceable Carstensz presently finishing up a search operation. We are going to inform you concerning the outcomes,” mentioned Nationwide Police Chief Basic Sigit in a press convention, as quoted from the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel, Tuesday, 7 February 2023.


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