TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Police planned to redesign the pattern of its operations to hunt down armed criminal groups or KKB in Papua after the government officially labeled them as terrorists.
“We are rearranging the operation pattern,” said Assistant Operations for the National Police Chief, Inspector General Imam Sugianto, on Thursday, April 29, 2021.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md said the labeling of terrorists was due to the series of terror acts in the region since early April 2021.
“In line with that, the government considers that organizations and people in Papua who commit massive violence are categorized as terrorists,” said Mahfud in an online press conference on Thursday.
The government has also ordered security forces to hunt down armed groups in Papua. “The government asks the police, military (TNI), BIN (State Intelligence Agency), and related officials to immediately take firm and measurable actions according to the law,” Mahfud said.