Indonesia on Monday deployed a battalion of approximately 400 soldiers in Papua province, west of the island of Papua New Guinea, to fight the separatist guerrillas in the area in response to recent recorded acts of violence, one of which is an Army General died a month ago.
Brigadier General Akhmad Fauzi has announced that this group of soldiers will be distributed to 19 checkpoints owned by the military authorities in the region over the next nine months, the Indonesian newspaper Haluan said.
Although Fuazi has stated that the first goal is “to serve the people of Papua,” on issues relating to safety, nutrition, and even agricultural and animal husbandry techniques, he has also asked the soldiers to be ready, ” to destroy “all those” separatist and terrorist groups “that are jeopardizing the” security “and” prosperity “of the region.
Finally, Fuazi praised the military that is deployed in the region, as it has a “noble duty” to “carry the red and white flag,” for which he has asked the local population not to classify the soldiers as “devil’s troops.” .
In recent weeks clashes between Indonesian government forces and separatist groups in the region have intensified in the region that has claimed independence from West Papua for more than 50 years.
Last month Brigadier General Gusti Putu Danny Karya was killed in an ambush alleged by the Papuan National Liberation Army. The previous week three rebels and two soldiers had lost their lives. The armed group has also recognized that it was responsible for the deaths of four civilians accused of working as spies for Jakarta.