An armed group of Free Papua Organization (OPM) fired on a small plane after it landed in Indonesia’s restive Papua region Sunday (08/04), killing one passenger and wounding four people including both pilots.
A group of at least five men of OPM fired on a Trigana Air Twin Otter that had flown from Nabire and was about to land at the airport in Mulia town in Puncak Jaya district.
The victim who killed was identified as Leiron Kogoya, a journalist working for Papua Pos of Nabire, who was shot in the neck.
As a result of the incident, Director of Mimika Air Transportation Agency John Rettob said that Mulia Airport was closed.
Coordinating minister for political legal and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said police were hunting for the perpetrators.
The search team included members of the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) paramilitary police unit from the Puncak Jaya district police as well as Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) based in Nabire.
The incident is the latest in a spate of gun attacks in the region, some of them near US mining giant Freeport McMoRan’s Grasberg gold and copper mine.
In December, unidentified gunmen opened fire on an aircraft carrying Freeport workers, wounding one passenger.(*wpnn)