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Policeman dies after attack in Papua

Antara News - December 5, 2011

A member of the Jayapura police who was attacked by an unidentified group in Jayapura, Papua, died on Monday morning.

Second Brig. Ridwan Napitupulu suffered face and stomach injuries after being attacked by arrows on Thursday night. He had been hospitalized for four days in Jayapura and underwent jaw surgery.

"Ridwan's remains will be taken to Medan from Jayapura this afternoon on a Garuda airplane," Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar, the National Police spokesman, said on Monday.

Ridwan was with police chief Brig. Dian Budi when a group assaulted them on Thursday in Demta subdistrict.

They were patrolling after receiving reports from local people about a plan to raise the Morning Star flag. Dian managed to escape to the river, but Ridwan was stopped and abused.

Police moved quickly and arrested the alleged perpetrators. "Regarding the abuse, police have detained three suspects, Thomas Tarko, Yonathan Tarko and Jhon Calvin Tarko," Boy said.