Terrorism & Insurgency

Killing of construction workers in Indonesia’s Papua province underscores resurgent separatism but unlikely to threaten commercial assets

05 December 2018


On 3 December, at least 24 workers employed by state-owned construction firm Istaka Karya were killed near their temporary accommodation in Yigi district, Papua. Local reports suggest ethnic-Papuans were offended by the workers photographing a private independence ceremony.

The National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB), associated with the umbrella separatist movement Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM), claimed on its Facebook page that the killings were ordered by its regional commander, Ekianus Kogoya. The number of insurgent attacks in Papua recorded by JTIC fell from 19 in 2011 to one in 2015, but has risen to 12 so far this year.

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