27 May 2013

Human rights groups say victims of savage attack in West Papua at least 18

8:37 am on 27 May 2013

Credible reports are continuing to emerge from West Papua of a mass killing, allegedly by Indonesian Kopassus military troops.

Human rights and political groups say over 40 people went missing in April in the Tingginambut district in Puncak Jaya, in the remote highlands of the Indonesian province.

The death toll is mounting, with six of the victims reportedly village chiefs and social leaders returning from an inauguration of the new Papua Governor Lukas Enembe in Jayapura.

West Papua Media Alerts says human rights investigators report they were intercepted, tortured and killed by Kopassus officers mounting a roadblock at Ilu on the Mulia road on May the 8th.

They say at least 18 headless, mutilated or amputated bodies have since been confirmed found in roadside ditches and drains, and named as victims from around the Mulia and Pirime areas of Tingginambut, with unconfirmed reports putting the total toll of the killings at over 41 people.