Banjir Ambarita, Jayapura – Security forces in Jayapura have launched a manhunt for an unknown assailant who stabbed to death a soldier outside the main military base in the Papuan capital in the early hours of Wednesday.
The incident occurred at around 1:25 a.m. as the soldier, identified as Master Pvt. Langgeng, was carrying out a routine patrol of the base's perimeter.
A lone assailant is believed to have jumped him and stabbed him repeatedly with a knife, just 300 meters from the base's main guard post, out of sight of the other soldiers gathered there.
The assailant fled into the dense residential area behind the base, according to Lt. Col. Teguh Pudji Raharjo, a spokesman for the base.
"We can confirm that there has been a stabbing against a member of the Jayapura military base that left the victim dead," he told the Jakarta Globe. "There were a number of other soldiers on duty at the guard post, but because the incident took place some 300 meters away, the assailant was able to get away."
Teguh said the military and police had launched a joint force to hunt down the perpetrator.
He refused to speculate on the identity of the perpetrator. Similar attacks on the armed forces in Papua have typically been blamed on separatists, who have been waging a low-level insurgency since the 1960s.