Fact-finding Team Attacked in Papua; Police Claim Situation Under Control

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  • Indonesian security personnel stand guard at a shooting crime scene in Sugapa, Intan Jaya regency, Papua. (ANTARA/HO-Papua Police Public Relations)

    Indonesian security personnel stand guard at a shooting crime scene in Sugapa, Intan Jaya regency, Papua. (ANTARA/HO-Papua Police Public Relations)

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal on Friday announced that the fact-finding team (TGPF) was attacked by a local criminal armed group (KKB) as the team was in Mbomogoh Sugapa, Intan Jayapada regency, on Friday at 15:45 local time. 

    According to police reports, two of the TGPF members were shot: Gadjah Mada University sociologist Bambang Purwoko and a soldier, First Sgt. Faisal from the local territorial task force. 

    Bambang was shot in the leg while Faisal in the left part of his body. Both men were immediately evacuated to the local Sugapa general hospital after army soldiers accompanying the team returned fire at the armed criminal group. 

    According to reports, the TGPF team held a meeting at the Intan Jaya Regent’s headquarters with members of the regional leader’s coordination forum (Forkopimda) just one day before the shooting, which took place in the location where local Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani was tragically shot. 

    The police say that the situation is currently under control. 

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    MUHAMMAD BAQIR