4 Sep 2012

Papua police arrest 22 OPM members in Jayapura

9:10 am on 4 September 2012

Police in Indonesia's Papua province have arrested 22 members of the Free Papua Organization, including its prominent leader Daniel Kogoya.

A spokesman for the Papua police confirmed Mr Kogoya's arrest in a hotel in Jayapura with several of his friends.

Johanes Nugroho Wicaksono also says Mr Kogoya is being treated in hospital for wounds suffered after being shot while he was trying to escape.

The Jakarta Globe says Mr Kogoya has claimed responsibility for several spouts of violence and shootings that have occurred throughout Papua during the past year.

Mr Wicaksono says after the group were arrested, police investigated further and discovered their hideout at BTN Kamkey Atas Abepura.

He says they then arrested some of his followers there and confiscated weapons.

A few of the men who were arrested had been on the police's most-wanted list for a long time, including Petrus Jikwa, Sonny Kosay, Yunus Hiluka, Benis Wanimbo, Hengky Nius Boma, Saleh Pagawak, Evri Tabuni, Sumy Tabuni, Lambertus Siep, Tandius Kogoya, Robinus Jikwa, Devison Wanimbo and Bobinus Karoba Lakis.