TEMPO.CO, Jayapura - During a first semester reflection, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar revealed that the Papua Police recorded 30 of its members throughout 2008-2018 were killed in the region’s numerous armed group attacks.
The complete data showed that 30 police members were killed and had injured 57 members. Meanwhile, the civilian deaths were 78 people and 117 were left injured.
“The police personnel who were killed by the armed group include the two Puncak Jaya police members who were shot while they were securing the gubernatorial election in the Torere District,” said boy on Tuesday, July 3.
The police members who died while securing the elections were Police Insp. Second Class Jesayas H. Nusi and Brigadier Sinton Kabarek. Both men were briefly considered to have disappeared before they were tragically found lifeless.
Furthermore, Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli explained that most of the casualties that the police faces happened at the Puncak Jaya, Puncak and Mimika highlands.
“Shootings against police members often take place on mountains,” said Boy Rafli who also said that police have not taken lightly of these cases and is continuously countering the threats from local Papua armed groups.