Around 200 Indonesian police and military personnel have been deployed in the eastern province of Papua where they say villages are being held by rebels.
Indonesian security forces in the eastern province of Papua are preparing to storm five villages that they say are being held by an armed rebel group, police officials say.
Around 200 police and military personnel have been deployed and are awaiting orders to secure the area, where an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1000 people from leaving an area near a giant copper mine, operated by the American miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc .
“Today the joint police and military forces have occupied various posts to be able to take action,” said Papua police spokesman, Suryadi Diaz.
“They will be taken dead or alive,” he said of the around 100 rebels that police say have tortured and abused the villagers since taking over the area several days ago.
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