An armed wing of separatist group attacked a team of police and security guards at PT Freeport Indonesia, Timika, yesterday (07/11).
The National Police’s team member, Brig. Marselinus, was shot in the face and was immediately taken to Tembagapura Hospital.
Mimika Police deputy chief Comm. Mada Indra Laksanta said the incident occurred at 11.22 p.m. local time when the police cars were passing along Mile 43-45, which is located between Tembagapura and Freeport’s mining area.
This was not the first attack against military personnel in Papua. On October 24, Mulia Police chief, Comm. Domingus Oktavianus Awes was shot dead at Mulia Airport in Puncak Jaya.
According to the Papua Police chief, Insp. Gen. Bigman Lumban Tobing, the armed group’s tactic is to fire gunshots and escape to the forest.
Up until yesterday afternoon, the police were still pursuing the perpetrators. However, they were impeded by poor weather conditions in Timika. “The forests are dense and the cliffs are steep,” said Bigman.
He said the police needed a helicopter to pursue the group. “We tried to borrow the company’s helicopter, but they wouldn’t allow it,” he added.
Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said the police struggled to chase the attackers. “There are many of them and they’re not all from the same group. We need special management to tackle them,” he said.
Source: TEMPO Interactive