Papua Police: No Military Operation in Nduga District



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin has stated that there is no military operation in conflict-plagued Nduga district, Papua province. 

    "Only law enforcement operation code-named operasi Nemangkawi is currently being conducted in the district," he said Friday, March. 1. 

    The "operasi Nemangkawi" was launched after an armed criminal group shot dead civilians in Nduga. He, therefore, asked local residents not to take refuge and believe in hoaxes. 

    Read: 320 Children Take Refuge in Jayawijaya due to Firefights in Nduga

    The security agencies will continue to conduct law enforcement operations in the district because the armed criminal group attacked not only civilians but also security personnel. As a result, construction projects in the district were disrupted, Martuani explained. 

    Asked about the residents who have fled their homes, the Papua police chief said their number could not be known exactly because the security personnel denied access to meet them.

    "Right now, military and police personnel are not allowed to meet the so-called refugee community," said Martuani. 

    Last year, an armed criminal group led by Egianus Kogoya shot dead and murdered tens of civilians in several parts of Nduga, Papua, including employees of construction firm PT Istaka Karya.