Incident Summary:

11/07/2017: Assailants raided Banti village in Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia. This was one of two coordinated attacks in villages near the Grasberg copper mine on this date. At least 1,300 residents were held hostage across both incidents. At least 1,148 hostages were rescued as of November 21, 2017; the fate of the remaining hostages is unknown. The Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Timika district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Banti Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 650
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Hostage numbers represent a division of the total number of hostages across incidents 201711070041 and 201711070042.
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 Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Indonesia rescues 300 plus hostages from militant group," Anadolu Ajansi, November 17, 2017.
"Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine," Gulf Times, November 15, 2017.
"Indonesia: Papua Police Issue Wanted List of 21 Militants," Jakarta Globe Online, November 11, 2017.