TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia National Armed Forces (TNI) sent 600 additional personnel to Nduga Regency, Papua, following the gunfight between TNI and armed group led by Egianus Kogoya that killed three TNI officers.
“As many as 600 soldiers will be departed to Nduga, today," said the head of information of TNI's Kodam VII/Cenderawasih Col. Inf. Muhammad Aidi when contacted on Saturday, March 9.
He said the additional personnel will be spread in Nduga area to continue and secure the infrastructure projects in Papua.
Besides, Aidi said that his personnel would also be tasked to secure villages allegedly become the bases of the armed group. He said that TNI hopes the measure will cut the sources and lines of the armed group's logistic.
On Saturday, March 7, TNI officers joint in law enforcement task force attacked by the armed group in Mugi District, Nduga, Papua. The incident killed three TNI personnel and allegedly killed 10 members of the armed group.