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Papuan arrested for illegal gun possession

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, November 24 2012   /  09:22 am

A gold miner identified as MA, 21, was arrested on a beach in Nabire, Papua, for possessing an illegal firearm, a magazine and 12 bullets during a raid conducted by Papua Police on Friday at around 9:30 a.m. local time.

“We are still investigating how he [MA] got the weapon and the reason why he had the gun,” said Papua Police deputy chief Brig. Gen Paulus Waterpauw on Friday.

This is the second arrest after police nabbed two civilians, HE and AN, in Manokwari, West Papua, on Saturday. They were caught after making a weapon transaction.

“We found out about HE and AN after we received information from some residents. They were riding on their motorcycle when we nabbed them. We found a handgun and seven rounds of 38-caliber ammunition in the seat of their motorcycle,” said Papua Police spokesman Adj. Comr. I Gede Sumerta Jaya.

Both HE and AN confessed...