The commander of the West Papua Liberation Army remains at large in the mountains of Puncak Jaya and is reportedly being pursued by Indonesia’s military.
An Australia-based spokesman for the Liberation Army-associated Free West Papua Movement, Akouboo Amatus Douw, said after last week’s surprise attack at Tabuni’s stronghold in Tingginambut, Commander Tabuni fled into the bush.
“At the moment he is still in the bush, and also about thousands civillians also fled to the bush. So we don’t know how many people been killed by Indonesian military forces, because it’s very far and very remote area,” he said.
The latest reports indicated that Indonesian forces were still in the Tinginambut area, attacking suspected Liberation Army members, which Mr Douwsaid was causing more displacement of villagers not linked to the conflict.
“We believe that because of the civilians, with mum and babies and kids also together with the group, it means it’s a real emergency situation in terms of how they can get food or water.”