Threats detected after Papua shooting
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The police in Papua have yet to identify those responsible for the shooting of a pro-independence leader in Nabire on Tuesday, but they detected a threat on migrants following the incident.
Papua Independence Movement (OPM) leader Leo Yogy was fatally shot in a raid on the resistance group's hideout.
'Regarding the shooting, we have yet to learn who was behind it. But a threat was detected after Leo Yogy was shot and later died,' Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin said in Jayapura on Thursday.
According to police data, Leo was an OPM leader in Paniai. Police raided his hiding place and shot him on April, 30. Leo died after being treated at the Nabire regional hospital.
Tension escalated in Nabire following's Leo's death. Two other OPM leaders, Puron Wenda and Enden Wanimbo, voiced opposition to the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the police and threatened all migrants in the province.
Commenting on the threat, Patrige said it was nothing new and that the police were ready to respond to any situation and keep local residents, including migrants, safe.
'Therefore, we are using a persuasive approach with rebels. To help alleviate fear among local residents and migrants, the Mulia Police chief met with residents to create a feeling of security among them,' he said as quoted by kompas.com. (rms)
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