The Sunday Review

Separatist fighters in Indonesia’s restive Papua Region has released several images that show the area. pilot Starting at New Zealand Who was captured hostage It was more than seven days ago.

The photos On Tuesday, the following was released: pilotPhilip Mehrtens (local police identified him as Philip Mehrtens) is seen standing in full clothed amongst a group fighters with guns, bows, arrows and various weapons.

Mehrtens was caught after landing a commercial. Susi Air charter flight at Paro Airport in Last week’s remote Nduga highlands were photographed. with The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), claiming responsibility, stating that it had destroyed his plane.

This group had previously asked that all new flights to Paro Airport stop and they said “The Group has already demanded this.” pilot Papuan independence was not recognized by the Indonesian government, so it would not be released.

TPNPB has released photos Mehrtens’ Facebook Page with A statement that reiterates its position.

“TPNPB has admitted the responsibility for the burning of the plane and taking hostage of a Susi Air pilot who is a citizen of New Zealand, and we keep our promise and are politically responsible,” You can read it here in The statement.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade told The Sunday Review it was “aware of the photos and video circulating but won’t be commenting further at this stage.”

Separatist fighters in Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua – a former Dutch colony – have been demanding independence since the region was brought under Indonesian control following a controversial 1969 vote overseen by the United Nations.

However, fighting in This resource-rich but poor region has seen an increase in the presence of the Indonesian military. in Recent years

TPNPB is a terrorist organization as per the Indonesian government.

Papua Mathius Fakhiri the Chief Police Inspector stated that Mehrtens and five other passengers were aboard the same flight. It is unclear how they got there. These passengers were not mentioned in This is the most recent statement.