TheGuardian: "If the dead were not military the incident would mark the first time West Papuan fighters have fatally attacked civilians, and an extraordinary escalation in the more than 50-year-old conflict."

Dan secara umum artikel The Guardian berulang kali memberi penekanan soal kekerasan militer Indonesia di Papua juga memberi suara dan pembenaran bagi OPM. Bahkan melontarkan teori konspirasi seperti ini:

Wenda said Indonesia had a history of “creating violence” and using it to justify an increased military presence, and that this incident occurred just days after Indonesia arrested more than 500 people, reportedly including Indonesians, at West Papuan independence rallies.