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Jakarta Post

Police hunt for OPM rebels

  • Bagus BT Saragih and Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Jayapura   /   Tue, October 25 2011   /  09:29 am

The National Police have deployed more personnel to Papua in the wake of a local officer’s murder, allegedly orchestrated by separatists in the region.

Adj. Comr. Dominggus Oktavianus Awes, the Mulia Police chief, was shot by unknown assailants at Mulia Airport in Puncak Jaya regency at 11:30 a.m. local time on Monday.

National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam was quick to respond to the incident by alleging that the perpetrators were members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) separatist group.

Anton said that the shooting had prompted the sending of police reinforcements to Papua, while local police commands have been ordered to step up operations in an effort to secure the province.

“We have also asked the TNI [Indonesian Military] to pursue a separatist group suspected of being behind the fatal shooting,” he added.

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