THREE BODIES FOUND IN MANOKWARI, IRIAN JAYA

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (April 7, 2001 – The Jakarta Post/Antara/Kabar-Irian)---Police in Manokwari, Irian Jaya declared an all-out war against members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) Friday following the discovery of the bodies of three PT Dharma Muktim Persada employees.

The bodies of Harry Suaji, Suratmin and Nelson Turnip were found in the forest around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the logging company's base camp in Wonggema village, some 60 kilometers (36 miles) from Wasior, the capital of Wasior district, Manokwari regency. Their bodies had been cut down to pieces, Antara reported.

The three workers were kidnapped by OPM members who attacked the camp on March 31.

Chief of Manokwari Police precinct Ajd. Snr. Comr. Bambang Budi Santoso ordered the arrest, alive or dead, of the rebels who killed the three migrant workers.

He said the hunt for the rebels will not end until the rebels are captured.

"It's not yet known which rebel group launched the attack, but whoever they are we will find them," said Bambang.

The attack had forced the logging company to stop all activities because all of its employees had evacuated the base camp to save themselves. As many as 125 workers, including 42 of their wives and 72 children, are now taking refugee at the Getsemani Church in Womengga and Wawoma villages. Another 46 had made it to Wasior on foot, Bambang added.

Also on March 31, Irian Jaya's rebels killed three migrants in the Kali Kopi, Mimika regency. The three migrants, Ujang Kunang, Hengki Masud and Burham, were collecting the precious gaharu (aloe) wood when they were attacked and killed. A fourth man in the group, Tony Tanlay, managed to escape and walked for three days to Timika where he reported the killing to the police there, Antara said.

The bodies of the three wood collectors were evacuated Wednesday.

Police are still hunting down the killers.

KABAR-IRIAN ("Irian News") Websites: http://www.irja.org/index2.shtml and http://www.kabar-irian.com 

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