Incident Summary:

04/10/2006: Thirty armed men attacked soldiers supervising free medical treatment for residents of the hillside village of Wenbi, India. Wielding rifles, axes, and bows and arrows, the unidentified perpetrators killed two Indonesian soldiers. A Indian soldier and a student were also wounded. Two of the attackers were also killed. Students training in the Keerom (District) were evacuated to Padangbulan medical school in Apebupura, Jayapura.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Near Jayapura

Location Details:
Incident about 70 km from provincial capital

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Medical Services for Citizens of Papua
Specific Description Indonesian soldiers providing medical treatment to residents in Wenbi
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military of Indonesia
Specific Description Indonesian soldiers monitoring the border
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
The attackers used AK-47 rifles, axes, bows and arrows for the rush, and the Indonesian soldiers were hacked to death with machetes.
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Papuans have accused Indonesia's military of violating human rights in the province. Parents and students requested the Jayapura polytechnic administration pull hundreds of students from the area, halting the health service program that was due to end April 30. --The two attackers killed were buried at Arso public cemetery. The Indonesian soldiers killed were First Sergeant Achman Basori and First Private Sukarno, and the wounded Second Corporal Sugiharto.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 30
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Forbes, Mark, "Four die as Papuans attack soldiers," Syndney Morning Herald (Australia), April 11, 2006.
"Two soldiers, two suspected separatists killed in Indonesia's Papua province," The Associated Press, April 11, 2006.
"Indonesian military not to increase troops after Papua clash," Xinhua News Service, April 11, 2006.