House Speaker Calls on TNI-Polri to Investigate Papua Shooting

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  • Indonesian House Speakers, Bambang Soesatyo, during opening 20 tahun Reformasi

    Indonesian House Speakers, Bambang Soesatyo, during opening 20 tahun Reformasi "Kembal Ke Rumah Rakyat" photo exhebition in Parliament Complex, Jakarta, May 7, 2018. Tempo/Fakhri Hermansyah

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - House of Representatives speaker (DPR) Bambang Soesatyo condemned the shooting in Papua. The incident had caused the death of dozens construction workers employed by Istaka Karya.

    Speaking in Jakarta on Tuesday, December 4th, Bambang expressed his anger over what happened at Nduga Regency.

    Bambang requested the Army and the National Police to investigate the incident in Istaka Karya. He said that the House's Commission I will coordinate with law enforcement to work on the case.

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    "I ask the TNI-Polri to thoroughly investigate the shooting," he said.

    Thirty-one workers were building a bridge Yigi and Aurak River at Nduga Regency, a project by PT Istaka Karya, on Sunday, December 2. At the workers' camp, they were shot at by a group of gunmen.

    As of Monday night, the Papua Regional Police had identified 24 of the victims.

    Eight men reportedly escaped and ran to the home of a DPRD member. But the armed group came for them.

    "Seven were killed and one ran away. We haven’t found him yet," Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said on Tuesday, December 4. 

    Taufiq Siddiq