Police, TNI Personnel Deployed to Papua to Hunt Down Criminal Armed Group



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The joint personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police were sent to Ilaga District, Puncak Regency in Papua, to hunt down criminal armed groups (KKB), which have recently been labeled as terrorists by the Indonesian government.

    Chief of Nemangkawi Public Relations Task Force, Police Sr. Commissioner Iqbal Alqudusy, said that the deployment of TNI and police personnel was considered as the state's representation in the community.

    "This is done to guard people's activities, as well as the hunting down the KKB that are now called terrorist groups," he said Saturday, May 1.

    He added that it was also due to the massive terror and violence spread by the armed groups to the people or the security apparatus.

    One of the recent incidents was the death of Papua Chief of State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Major General (Anumerta) I Gusti Putu Danny Nugraha Karya in Beoga District, Puncak Regency on Sunday, April 25.

    Previously, Papuan armed groups killed two teachers in Beoga, as well as an ojek driver and a high school student in Ilaga district.

    "The massive terror spread by these groups has forced the government to take firm action by changing the term KKB into terrorist," Alqudusy remarked.