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Jakarta Post

Teacher dead, German tourist hurt in Papua shootings

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 30 2012   /  07:14 am

The violence in Indonesia’s easternmost province appears to be spiralling out of control after an Indonesian and a foreigner were shot by unknown assailants in separate incidents on Tuesday.

A teacher was shot and killed dead in Puncak Jaya regency on Tuesday, while a German tourist was shot and wounded in Jayapura.

Commenting specifically on the Jayapura shooting, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said in Jakarta on Tuesday that security officers were hunting for the perpetrators.

The tourist, identified as 55-year-old Pieter Dietmar Helmut, was shot several times while walking on Jayapura Beach, about 10 kilometers from Jayapura’s downtown district. The beach is typically full of visitors and tourists during holidays.

Helmut was with his wife, Medina Pachon, sightseeing at the Base G seashore, when an unknown ...