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Rebel group orders release of captured pilot Phillip Mehrtens

But hostage-takers have yet to say whether they will agree.

Phillip Mehrtens with his captors in an undated photo. Photo: TPNPB handout.

Nevil Gibson Thu, 08 Feb 2024

A rebel group in Indonesia’s Western New Guinea said it had ordered the release of Christchurch-born pilot Phillip Mertens, who was taken hostage by a year ago at Paro in Highland Papua.

He was seized on February 7, 2023, during a Susi Air commercial service supplying remote communities in the

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