Incident Summary:

01/16/2001: Rebels associated with the Free Papua Movement (OPM) kidnapped 16 people from the town of Merauke, Indonesia. The group asked for $1 million U.S., the removal of police forces from the Asiki region and a halt to all logging. 13 hostages were freed on January 29, 2001 while the last 3 were released February 7, 2001.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Irian Jaya

Near Merauke

Location Details:
The incident took place 300 km from Merauke.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Foreign Business
Specific Description PT Korindo Timber Company
Nationality of Target South Korea
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 16
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 23
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 1000000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources 0.00
Ransom Notes The group also demanded a halt to logging by the firm and the removal of police forces from the region.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Australian Daily: Papuan Rebels Seize Six Hostages," The Sydney Morning Herald, January 18, 2001.
"Indonesia: Timber Workers Kidnapped by Papuan Rebels 16 Jan," Jakarta Post, January 18, 2001.
"Two South Koreans, One Indonesian Hostage Freed by Irian Jaya Group," Agence France Presse, February, 7, 2001.