Three People Found Dead in Papua

Three people were found stabbed to death in Ndeotadi in the Paniai district of Papua on Friday (06/07), including a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI).

The victims were found by locals in a house-shop near a gold mine in Ndeotadi which was owned by the dead soldier, Warrant Officer Sunaryo.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said, “the police officer found the trio dead of sharp-weapon wounds. Until now, we’re still searching for the perpetrator. The motive of the incident is not known.”

Village Chief Killed
Up to 30 gunmen of Free Papua Movement (OPM) shot dead a village chief Johanes Yanafrom, in Keerom district, outside Jayapura on Sunday (01/07).

Erwin Syafitri, commander of the Cendrawasih Military Command that oversees military operations in Papua, told reporters that the group comprised of 20 to 30 people and they were all armed with rifles. They are from the OPM led by Lambert Pekikir which celebrated its 47th anniversary.

Pekikir is the OPM commander in Keerom district.

The group also fired shots at a military patrol car, hitting the roof and side window and injuring a soldier.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto condemned Sunday’s attacks and urged the security forces to arrest the perpetrators.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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