Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - An Indonesian soldier sustained minor injuries in a gun fight with several Papuan separatist terrorists in Kiwirok sub-district of Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua, on Monday morning (September 13, 2021), police said.

The soldier was injured on the right arm after a bullet ricocheted off a surface, Pegunungan Bintang police chief Adjunct Sen.Coms.Cahyo Sukarnito told ANTARA.

The soldier's condition is reportedly stable, he said, adding that the Papuan terrorists also torched several public facilities, including a school building, a bank office, and a public health center in the sub-district, which is located near the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea land border.

It is yet to be determined which Papuan terrorist group exchanged fire with several Indonesian security personnel as more detailed information on the incident is still awaited, Sukarnito said.

Papua has been reeling from armed violence over the past few years.

On August 22, 2021, the Tenius Gwijangge-led terrorist group had launched a deadly strike on several construction workers of PT Indo Mulia Baru while they were working on building a bridge over Brazza River in Yahukimo.

Two workers, identified as Rionaldo Ratu Roma and Dedi Imam Pamungkas, died in the attack.

The attackers also set ablaze their bodies and a pick-up truck, according to director of Papua Police's Criminal Investigation Unit, Senior Commissioner Faisal Rahmadani.

Members of the terrorist group also attacked several personnel from the Indonesian Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) unit when they went to the site of the shooting to retrieve the bodies of the deceased workers, he stated earlier.

Four Brimob personnel sustained minor injuries in the attack, he informed, adding that several construction workers were evacuated to Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo district, for safety reasons.

Members of the Tenius Gwijangge-led group might have used six firearms, including two 5.56-millimeter caliber SS1-V1 rifles, in the attack, according to Rahmadani.

The two assault rifles equipped with Trijicon, or optical sighting devices, may belong to the 423 Infantry Battalion (Airborne) of the Army's Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad), he noted.

"Due to the 'Trijicon', the shooters could maintain their precision," he remarked, adding that the four other firearms used by the Tenius Gwijangge-led group could not yet be identified.

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