Chief Minister: Perpetrators in Papua shooting incidents must be found

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the perpetrators of shooting incidents in Papua, including the latest one that led to the death of a police officer, must be searched for and arrested.

“They must be sought and apprehended,” he said when met for his comment on the incident at the presidential palace on Wednesday (08/02).

He noted that security disruptions continue to occur in Papua, resulting in deaths among civilians and security personnel.

He added that finding and arresting the perpetrators was not an easy job due to geographical conditions in the region.

“I was once assigned there for two years. It is indeed a difficult job. The jungles are dense,” he said.

Djoko said, “What is important is that people must not hastily conclude that the military (TNI) or police violate human rights when they try to arrest them or when a fight occurs that claims victims due to their defiance.”

A member of the Mobile Brigade of Detachment B of the Papua Regional Command, First Brigadier Ronald Sopamena, was killed following a shooting with unknown gunmen in Kali Kopi, Nayaro, Mimika, inside the PT Freeport Indonesia mining site on Tuesday (07/02).

The National Police on Wednesday (08/02) accused the group associated with Temy Kwalik, a local Papuan who was linked with the Free Papua Organization (OPM) separatist movement, as being responsible for the deadly shooting of one of its Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers.

“The gunman is suspected to be from Temy Kwalik’s group,” said Papua police spokesman Sr. Comr. Wahyono.

Ronald was the fourth Brimob officer killed at Papua in the last three months.

In December, three Brimob officers were killed while on duty in the restive region, including Second Brig. Ridwan Napitupulu, Second Brig. Ferianto Kaluku and Second Brig. Eko Afriansyah.(*wpnn)

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