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Jakarta Post

Media warned on Papua as death toll increases

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 3 2012   /  08:25 am

Papua caretaker governor Syamsul Arief Rivai lamented the killing of another civilian in the latest assault blamed on a secessionist armed group in the province, while the police warned the media against focusing too much on the so-called separatists.

“The provincial administration and the Papuan people express our condolences over the death of a village head in Keerom regency. We are deeply sorry for this,” Syamsul said when attending the Bhayangkara (police) anniversary in Jayapura on Monday.

Yohanus Yanufrom, head of Sawio Tami village, was reported to have been shot dead by a group of 20-30 armed people while riding a motorcycle from his village to Workwana on Sunday.

The group also targeted a military motorcade, with Col. Indarto, the chief of the 431/Kostrad (Army Strategic Reserves Command) battalion, having his car strafed with gunshots. A bullet pierced ...