Suspects in setting police station on fire arrested in Papua

Police have arrested five suspects following a riot when mobs attacked and set on fire a police station in Wamena, Papua, yesterday (17/12).

“They were being investigated,” police`s chief spokesman Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said here on Monday.

The incident took place all of a sudden following the death of Hubert Mabel, who had been in the police`s list of wanted men, shot by police on Sunday morning.

The mob protested the shooting of Mabel, who was a suspect in the recent bombing of the Jayawijaya district legislative assembly office and police station in Wamena.

Boy said police were forced to shoot Mabel as he rejected arrest and tried to grab the weapon of a police officer.

The situation in Wamena is now under control, Boy said.

Mabel was known to be the chairman of the West Papua National Committee.

Papua has remained a hot spot with separatists have not given up fighting for independence of the easternmost region of Indonesia.

Source: ANTARA News


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