Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Antara, Jakarta – The Papua Police Chief Sr. Commissioner Ignatius Benny Ady Prabowo on Wednesday, June 7, said a joint military and police team together with the local administration were currently mediating a conflict between two local Papua tribes; Mee and Dani. The clash on Monday, June 5, turned deadly and claimed two lives.
"Law enforcement officers are handling the conflict among local residents that saw a house burned in the Nabire Regency," said Ignatius in his press statement on June 7.
The local police chief, Regenet, and a number of regional leaders were trying to mediate the two tribes in conflict.
"We urge residents, especially in Nabire Regency and several regencies around the area, to refrain and stay indoors and don't commit to harming themselves or others," the police chief said as he called for peace.
The clash between the two tribes in Nabire Regency was allegedly triggered by a conflict over the territorial boundaries of customary land in Urumusu Village, Uwapa District, Nabire, Central Papua. The conflict led to the burning of houses which resulted in the death of two people. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon.