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Rebel group in Indonesia’s Papua to release kidnapped New Zealand pilot

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  • February 7, 2024

JAKARTA: A rebel group in Indonesia’s Papua said on Wednesday (Feb 7) it will release New Zealand pilot, Philip Mehrtens, who has been held hostage in the remote eastern region for a year.

It was unclear when Mehrtens would be released.

The chief of general staff of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), Terianus Satto, said in a statement the pilot will be released in order to protect humanity and safeguard human rights.

New Zealand’s ministry of foreign affairs and trade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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