Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) – Eight survivors of a terror attack committed by armed criminal group members in Nduga District, Papua, arrived in Timika, Mimika District, Papua Province, on Thursday.
The survivors comprise seven men and one child. One of the men was rushed to Mimika regional public hospital for treatment of his injuries.
An Army helicopter evacuated the survivors from Nduga to Timika. The helicopter landed at Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika on Thursday at 10:50 a.m. local time.
Commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Deputy Chief of the Indonesian Police (Polri) Commissioner General Ari Doni Sukmanto personally greeted the survivors upon their arrival at the airport.
A TNI and Polri joint team has found the location of 16 bodies of construction workers murdered by the armed criminals. The bodies would be evacuated today.
The officers have fully taken control of Mount Kabo area, where tens of workers of PT Istaka Karya were butchered while they were building bridges and roads expected to improve connectivity in the country`s eastern most province.
Com Gen Ari Dono Sukmanto confirmed on Wednesday that 22 people had been killed in an attack by an armed criminal group in Nduga.
He said 21 of the victims were civilians who were workers of Kali Yigi bridge construction from PT Istaka, while another one was a military member, Second Sergeant Handoko.