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West Papua police chief: KKB must be arrested alive or dead

Tempo - December 29, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – West Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Daniel TM Silitonga raised the alert status in Maybrat, Southwest Papua, which was detected to be terrorized by the armed criminal group or KKB.

"We are on alert one against KKB in Maybrat. The point is that the criminal must be arrested alive or dead," said Daniel in Manokwari on Wednesday, December 28, 2022.

He called on the national police personnel not to be careless in facing the KKB terror against civilians.

Daniel claimed that the police and the military (TNI) personnel had taken control of the Maybrat Regency area which was previously claimed to be controlled by armed groups.

"Until now, Maybrat is in a safe situation. The National Police and the TNI are conducting periodic evaluations with the Maybrat Regency Government so that we can confirm that the video circulating about the KKB controlling the Kmurkek district is not true," he confirmed.

Previously, a video displayed an armed group claiming to have occupied Kumerkek District, which is the capital of Maybrat Regency, West Papua.

"Tonight, we succeeded in entering the district capital of Maybrat. We have controlled this area for 4 days," the group said in the video.

They also said that there was no Christmas there because, for the time being, the area was being used as a war zone. They also said Maybrat residents were busy fleeing.

However, Daniel rebutted the KKB's claim, underlining that his side conducted routine and measured patrols along with the TNI to ensure the security of the area

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1673489/west-papua-police-chief-kkb-must-be-arrested-alive-or-dea