Papua separatist groups building strength by stealing guns

The escalating attacks against police officers in Papua are due to the fact that separatist groups (OPM) are in need of guns to help them strengthen their might.

“Their strategy is hit and run, or stealing guns, killing and then fleeing. This is done so that they can collect firearms to strengthen their power,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said on Wednesday (26/10).

He explained that the perpetrators of the shootings of police officers were old players who belonged to different groups based in forests and on mountain slopes.

Each group consisted of 30 people armed with 10 long-barreled firearms, which Anton said was insufficient for them.

“So they still need more firearms,” he said.

On Monday, a police officer was wrestled to the ground and shot in the face by two unknown attackers at the Puncak Jaya airport.

In June, a Mobile Brigade officer was shot at the same airport. On both occasions the perpetrators stole the officer’s gun and ran away with it.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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