Incident Summary:

12/03/2018: Assailants armed with firearms and bows and arrows attacked an Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) outpost in Nduga district, Papua, Indonesia. At least one soldier was killed and another soldier was injured in the assault. This attack targeted an outpost where four construction workers were seeking refuge from a previous incident. The Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) claimed responsibility for the attack.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:


Nduga district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI)
Specific Description Outpost
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, spears, and bows and arrows were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Papua mass killing: What happened," Jakarta Post, December 7, 2018.
"Soldier Killed in Separatist Attack in Indonesia," Latin American Herald Tribune, December 6, 2018.
"West Papua Liberation Army claims responsibility for Papua killings," Radio New Zealand, December 5, 2018.