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Jakarta Post

Shoot first, riot later in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Rabby Pramudatama

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Fri, June 8 2012   /  07:36 am

Two civilians were killed in Papua in separate incidents on Wednesday and Thursday involving Indonesian Military (TNI) members and police officers in Papua as security in the nation’s easternmost province continue to deteriorate.

Hundreds of soldiers from the Indonesian Army’s Yonif 756/Wamena battalion stormed the streets of Wamena on Wednesday, enraged over the death of First Pvt. Ahmad Sahlan, who was killed by a crowd in Honai Lama village.

The situation in the city was tense as the soldiers ran amok, setting fires, vandalizing houses and firing their weapons. One civilian was reported dead in the mayhem.

“His name is Elianus Yoman. He apparently died from gunshots,” Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw told reporters in Jayapura on Thursday.

Seven others were injured and seven houses, four motorcycles and one car were set afire, a...