17 Dec 2012

Indonesian forces kill Papuan independence activist

9:30 pm on 17 December 2012

Another leading Papuan independence activist with the National Committee of West Papua, or KNPB, has been killed by Indonesian security forces.

Hubertus Mabel, who was a senior member of the KNPB, was shot by a joint police military team hunting members of the committee in its Highlands stronghold area in Wamena at the weekend.

Police say Mr Mabel was shot while trying to resist arrest and later died in hospital in Jayawijaya.

Security forces have been conducting a major sweep operation in the Highlands in pursuit of KNPB activists who police allege are behind a series of bomb plots.