Gaunt-looking hostage pilot Philip Mehrtens tells his wife and young son 'It's me' in chilling new 'proof of life' video released by his bow and arrow-wielding captors a year after he was seized by re

February 13, 2024

Philip Mark Mehrtens, a 38-year-old former Jetstar pilot, appears gaunt and pale in a chilling new hostage video released by the West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) fighters, who have previously threatened to execute him. What is the West Papua Liberation Army? The West Papua Liberation Army is the armed wing of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Since then, a low-level insurgency has simmered in the mineral-rich region, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua. Since then, a low-level insurgency has simmered in the mineral-rich region, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua.