PNG soldiers free Indonesian captives

4:36 pm on 18 September 2015

Papua New Guinea Defence Force soldiers have rescued two Indonesians who have been held captive, by suspected members of the OPM Free West Papua Movement, on the PNG side of the border.

The incident came to light last Saturday after the Indonesian consulate in Vanimo reported that two Indonesian citizens, were being held hostage in Skoutio village in West Sepik.

They were kidnapped by an armed group last Wednesday while cutting wood in Skopro in the sub district of Arso Timur, Kerom, Papua Province, a three-hour walk from Skoutio.

The kidnappers had also shot a person who was later treated at the hospital.

The PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill gave instructions for efforts to be made to free the Indonesians.

The Post Courier reports his office saying on Thursday that PNG soldiers rescued the two Indonesians who were being treated at an undisclosed health centre.

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