Incident Summary:

09/09/2015: Assailants opened fire on loggers in Skopro village, Papua province, Indonesia. At least one person was injured and two others were abducted by the assailants. The hostages were freed on September 17, 2015. The Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded the release of two detainees in exchange for the victims.




Southeast Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Loggers: Kuba Marmahu, Ladiri, Badar
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
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
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Indonesia: Hostages freed, hunt for captors goes on," The Jakarta Post Online, September 19, 2015.
"PNG soldiers free Indonesian captives," Radio New Zealand, September 18, 2015.
"PNG Army Freed Two Indonesian Hostages,", September 18, 2015.