Bodies multiply in Papua as fight against terrorism continues
Four Indonesian military personnel died in deadly attack by suspected Papuan separatist terrorists on Kisor military post in South Aifat subdistrict, Maybrat district, West Papua province, in the early hours of Thursday .
All four staff members have been confirmed dead while another remains untraceable, according to Regional Military Command XVIII / Kasuari spokesman Lt. Col. Hendra Pesireron.
Members of an unidentified group ambushed the soldiers as they slept at the post, he said. 2nd Sergeant Amrosius, First Private Dirham, First Private Zul Ansari and First Lieutenant Dirman died in the attack, he said.
The bodies of three soldiers were found at the post, while another was found in the bushes not far from the post, Pesireron said, adding that another soldier, the first soldier Ikbal, is not yet traceable.
The assault on the Kisor military post in West Papua has added to the list of cases of gun violence in Papua and highlighted the grave danger posed by Papuan separatist terrorists.
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On August 22, 2021, a terrorist group attacked several PT Indo Mulia Baru construction workers, who were tasked with erecting a bridge over the Brazza River in Yahukimo district, Papua province.
Two workers, identified as Rionaldo Ratu Roma and Dedi Imam Pamungkas, died in the attack, according to the director of the Papua Police Criminal Investigation Unit, Sen.Coms.Faisal Rahmadani.
The attackers also set their bodies and their van on fire, he said.
Members of the terrorist group also attacked several personnel from the Indonesian Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) when they went to the scene of the shooting to evacuate the bodies of the deceased workers, he said.
Four Brimob staff were slightly injured, he said, adding that several construction workers were evacuated to Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo district, for safety reasons.
Members of the terrorist group led by Tenius Gwijangge may have used six firearms, including two 5.56-millimeter SS1-V1 rifles, to carry out the attack, Rahmadani said.
Two assault rifles equipped with Trijicon, or optical sighting devices, used by the group could belong to the 423 Infantry Battalion (Airborne) of the Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad), he added.
“Due to the ‘Trijicon’ the shooters were able to maintain their accuracy,” he said, adding that the other four guns used by the group led by Tenius Gwijangge had not yet been identified.
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Amid the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Papua and West Papua, both provinces have been reeling from gun violence in the final months of 2021.
In April this year, two teachers were killed by armed Papuan terrorists.
The first murder took place on April 8, 2021, when several armed assailants opened fire on a kiosk in Julukoma village, Beoga subdistrict, Puncak district.
The shooting resulted in the death of a teacher at the public primary school in Beoga, Oktovianus Rayo.
After killing Rayo, the armed attackers set fire to three classrooms at Beoga Public High School.
Separatist terrorists reportedly shot another teacher, Yonatan Randen, in the chest on April 9, 2021.
Several villagers tried to save the middle school teacher and rushed him to the Beoga public health center, but he succumbed to his injuries.
On April 11, 2021, armed terrorists reportedly set fire to nine classrooms at Beoga public high school.
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Regarding the police handling of acts of terror in Yahukimo district, Task Force Nemangkawi recently arrested the head of Wusama sub-district, identified only by his initials EB.
EB was apprehended for his alleged role as mastermind and for funding armed separatist terrorist groups operating in his area, said Rahmadani, who also heads the law enforcement unit of the Nemangkawi task force.
EB was arrested at his home along with three other suspects, identified as EH, Y and YH, on August 27, 2021, five days after the attack on PT Indo construction workers Mulia Baru, he said.
Meanwhile, another suspect, EH, was driving a black car that has often been seen passing by Dekai en route to the Brazza River, where construction workers were attacked on August 22.
EH told police investigators that a dozen Papuan terrorists were staying at EB’s house. Based on this information, police were deployed to capture them on August 27 at 8 p.m.
During the raid, five suspects residing in a “honai” (traditional house) escaped, while EB and several others who were with him in his house were apprehended, he said.
Police have named EB, Y, EH and YH as suspects for the various roles they have played in aiding local separatist terrorist groups, Rahmadani said.
EH, the driver, frequently delivered supplies to armed groups, Y is the nephew of EB, whose main task was to prepare the logistics of armed groups, while YH is a member of an armed group, he said. he informed.
Rahmadani said YH was allegedly involved in a series of deadly attacks in Yahukimo district, including those that ended in the deaths of four workers in Bingki village, Seradala sub-district on June 29, 2021 and of two construction workers on the Brazza river bridge on June 29, 2021. August 22, 2021.
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Indonesian military and police personnel stationed in Papua and West Papua continue to crack down on the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The cycle of violence in Papua must be stopped with peaceful solutions. In this regard, the House of Representatives (DPR) ratified the bill amending the Papua Special Autonomy Law No. 21 of 2001.
The bill that House members passed in a plenary session on July 15, 2021 includes 18 revised chapters and two new chapters, according to the head of the Special House Committee for the Amendment of the Special Autonomy Law from Papua, Komarudin Watubun.
The adopted bill took into account the need to regulate the privileges of indigenous Papuans in the political, educational, health, labor and economic sectors, as well as to support customary communities.
It provides more space for indigenous Papuans to get involved in politics and organizations such as the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) and Papua Legislative Councils (DPRK) in the districts / cities.
At least 250 seats will now be reserved for native Papuans in Papua’s district and city-level legislative councils (DPRK), Watubun revealed.
At the same time, 30% of the seats in the DPRK will be reserved for indigenous Papuan women, he added.
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