Evarukdijati and Genta Tenri Mawan, Jayapura, Papua – A joint task force of Papua Police and military launched a manhunt for an armed Papuan group at the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, Keerom District, Papua Province, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Pol. Paulus Waterpauw stated.
"An Indonesian military personnel was gunned down by an armed group when he was collecting logistics," Waterpauw said in Jayapura, following which the two security agencies began their manhunt. The victim, Second Sergeant Miftakur, was transferred to the Marthen Indey Hospital in Jayapura.
Miftakur's remains are scheduled to be flown to Semarang, Central Java Province, and his funeral ceremony will be organized in Demak District, spokesman for the XVII Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Col. Eko Daryanto said on a separate occasion.
Apart from Miftakur, the unidentified armed group also injured Private Juwandy while both groups were engaged in a gunfight.
Despite the incident, the police chief assured that the situation in Papua and nearby border areas at Keerom District remained safe and under control.
A total of 23 shooting and criminal cases involving some armed Papuan groups have occurred between early January and December 28, 2019, the Papua Police's records have revealed. Some 10 personnel of both Indonesian Police and military, as well as 10 civilians, were killed in the attacks. (INE)