Jayapura – The Military Police of the XVII/Cenderawasih arrested on Monday, July 11, 2022, two Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers suspected of being involved in illegal firearms and ammunition trade in Papua. The arrest of the two was a development from the case of AN, a civil servant in Nduga Regency who was caught in possession of 615 bullets.
XVII/Cenderawasih head of Information Lt. Col. Kav. Herman Taryaman said the two TNI soldiers were Second Cpl. BI and First Cpl. TJR. "We're still conducting further investigation on the alleged trade of ammunition involving TNI soldiers," Herman said in a written statement received by Jubi in Jayapura on Monday night.
According to Herman, the two TNI soldiers were detained at the XVII/Cenderawasih Headquarters. He said that currently he did not know yet how many bullets were sold by BI and TJR to AN.
Previously, on June 29, 2022, the Yalimo Police arrested a civil servant of the Nduga Administration, AN, who was caught carrying 615 rounds of bullets. AN was arrested after the police saw his suspicious behavior while riding a motorcycle.
AN was also caught carrying a homemade. The Papua Police developed the case and traced the firearms and ammunition trade network. On July 2, 2022, the police arrested a resident named T in Jayapura City. T allegedly sold 160 rounds of bullets to AN.