Efforts to rescue a pilot from New Zealand kidnapped earlier this year by rebels in New Guinea turned deadly. Per AP:
JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian security forces recovered the bodies of four government soldiers who were killed in a separatist attack while searching for a New Zealand pilot taken hostage by the rebels in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, officials said Thursday.
The four elite army troops were killed on Saturday after attackers from the West Papua Liberation Army, the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement, ambushed 36 government soldiers in Nduga district in the mountainous Papua Highlands province.
Security forces found the bodies on Wednesday, including that of a soldier who fell into a 15-meter-deep (49-foot) ravine, and evacuated them to a hospital in Timika, a mining city in neighboring Central Papua province, said Papua military spokesperson Col. Herman Taryaman.
The troops were ambushed by the rebels while searching for Phillip Mark Mehrtens, a New Zealand pilot who was abducted by the rebels in February, Taryaman said. The rebels shot a soldier who fell into the ravine, and launched a second attack while troops were trying to get the body out, he added.
Taryaman said security forces are searching for a fifth soldier who is still missing, but bad weather conditions and steep forested terrain have impeded their search and evacuation operation.
This is noble work. And, lordy, what glorious country…
In South Africa, determined people, both men and women, are coming together in a united effort to safeguard rhinos and other endangered wildlife from ruthless poachers. Armed with their courage and dedication, these protectors, some with military backgrounds or as volunteers, are rallying to defend the precious flora and fauna of national parks. Their mission: to combat this pressing threat and preserve the environment for future generations.
This offering from Ye Banished Privateers makes me happy…
And this stirs me.
The magnificent Eivør Pálsdóttir is the voice of The Last Kingdom. She’s touching something deep, wild and atavistic, and she does it with such manifest joy. The Northern Thing. If you know, you know.
This is going on the Frontier Partisan Biathlon Playlist:
Ah, yes, the Northern Thing. I’m in for this. The far, frozen frontier of Fennario.