Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - An armed Papuan group reportedly vandalized and set fire to property owned by telecommunication developer PT Palapa Ring Timur in Puncak district in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua.

Confirming the report, chief of the Puncak District Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Dicky Saragih, said on Monday that the armed group burned down several items belonging to the company, which had arrived on February 8, 2021 and were pending installation.

On January 7, 2021, the armed group had reportedly set fire to two base transceiver stations (BTS) — BTS 4 Pingeli cliff, Omukia district and BTS 5 in Muara district Mabuggi, Puncak, he informed.

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Papua has borne witness to a vicious cycle of violence, with armed Papuan criminal groups in the districts of Intan Jaya and Nduga targeting civilians and security personnel over the past two years.

Intan Jaya recorded its bloodiest month in September, 2020, with armed groups launching a series of attacks in the area that claimed the lives of two soldiers and two civilians and left two others injured.

The acts of terror have continued this year. On January 10, 2021, for instance, an Indonesian soldier died in a gunfight in the Titigi area of Intan Jaya District. (INE)

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Translator: Evarukdijati/Suharto
Editor: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga
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