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Indonesia Highlights: President Jokowi Express Relief As Indonesia Avoids Lockdown | Indonesian National Police Suspected of Human Rights Violations in FPI Deaths | Insurgents Claim Responsibility

January 9, 2021, 05.29 AM

But the FPI argued the police’s official version of events, as the group maintained that it does not issue firearms to its members.

The Indonesian government outlawed the FPI on December 30, 2020, more than a month after tensions between authorities and the FPI increased when its chief Rizieq Shihab repeatedly flaunted health protocols after his return from exile in Saudi Arabia last November.


Insurgents Claim Responsibility For Burning Missionary Plane in Indonesia’s Papua Province

The ongoing insurgency in Papua erupted again in the first week of 2021, after armed insurgents burned a plane belonging to the MAF [ Mission Aviation Fellowship] missionary organization on Wednesday, January 6. No casualties were reported.

The incident occurred in the regency of Intan Jaya, a known battleground between Indonesian military and police personnel and the insurgents since 2020, specifically at the hamlet of Pagamba.

“The plane’s pilot, a US citizen named Alex Luferchek, told us that the insurgents struck after he landed at Pagamba to drop off two people in the village who flew there from the town of Nabire,” said Papua Regional Police spokesman Police Chief Commissioner AM Kamal on Thursday, January 7.

“He said a number of insurgents barged in the plane, ordered Luferchek out with warning shots, and burned the aircraft. Luferchek managed to flee and was kept safe by a priest and a number of local people.”

The insurgents accepted responsibility for the attack. They warned that they “are ready to shoot such light aircraft before if it was suspected of carrying police and military personnel.”


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