Rebels in Papua Ambush Indonesian Police

This GoPro-style footage shows the perspective of two Papuan rebels as they ambush an Indonesian police vehicle with what appears to be an M-16. One of the police officers in the back of the truck is hit and falls, but it is unknown whether he survived the attack.


The Indonesian province of Papua comprises the Western half of New Guinea and is distinct from the country of New Guinea, which has been a sovereign state since 1975. Papuan rebels, two of which are present in this video, campaign for the Papua region to be federated with New Guinea, or to be its own state, citing the Indonesian regime as an oppressive government. They claim only a small portion of the population was allowed to vote to be controlled by Indonesia in 1969, and many of those were held at "gunpoint." In the maelstrom of conflicts and soveregnity disputes across the globe, this one is often overlooked.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This GoPro-style footage shows the perspective of two Papuan rebels as they ambush an Indonesian police vehicle with what appears to be an M-16. One of the police officers in the back of the truck is hit and falls, but it is unknown whether he survived the attack.


The Indonesian province of Papua comprises the Western half of New Guinea and is distinct from the country of New Guinea, which has been a sovereign state since 1975. Papuan rebels, two of which are present in this video, campaign for the Papua region to be federated with New Guinea, or to be its own state, citing the Indonesian regime as an oppressive government. They claim only a small portion of the population was allowed to vote to be controlled by Indonesia in 1969, and many of those were held at "gunpoint." In the maelstrom of conflicts and soveregnity disputes across the globe, this one is often overlooked.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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