Indigenous peoples flee their homes in fear of military raids in Maybrat Regency, Papua Barat Province

The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN PB) has claimed responsibility for killing four soldiers (see photo, source: Suara Papua) in the Kisor Village, Maybrat Regency, on 2 September 2021. Two soldiers were seriously injured during the attack. According to the media outlet Suara Papua, villagers in Kisor fled their homes in fear of military raids in response to the armed attack against the military post in Kisor. According to the KODAM XVIII Military Command spokesperson, Hendra Pesireron, two additional platoons have already been deployed to Maybrat. They should find and arrest the perpetrators.

Armed attacks against security force members have not occurred in Maybrat in years. A single armed attack reportedly occurred in the Aifat Timur District on 10 April 2021. Unknown perpetrators fired shots from an ambush at several police cars. However, the local police chief said there was no indication that the TPN PB was responsible for the attack.