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Jakarta Post

Papuan shot dead during clash

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Sun, May 12, 2013   /  09:28 pm

Anton Kogoya, a 27-year-old man from Wamena, Papua, was shot dead in a clash during which an unidentified soldier with the Indonesian Military (TNI) fired toward a group of allegedly drunk local residents at 10:34 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Cendrawasih XVII Military Command spokesman Lt.Col.Jansen Simanjuntak said the soldier had been forced to fire the shot.

'€œHe had first fired a warning shot, but he was chased by the group who threatened him with a machete pointed toward him. So, he fired the shot, which hit the victim,'€ he told The Jakarta Post in Jayapura on Sunday.

The incident began when three soldiers from Army Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 756 Napua '€“ Second Sgt. Agung, First Pvt.Sitanggang, and Second Pvt.Haryono '€“ left their post and went to to play futsal in the center of Wamena at around 8 p.m. local time.

They stopped at the Wonogiri 3 food stall on their way home after playing futsal. At the food stall, five locals who appeared drunk confronted the soldiers, asking them for money. A clash subsequently broke out when they refused to give them the money.

They all left the food stall and a fight broke out on Jl.Yos Sudarso, after which one of the soldiers fired a warning shot into the air. The locals kept attacking, however, resulting in the TNI member letting off his gun in the direction of the attackers.

'€œThe bullet entered his [Kogoya's] left side and exited from his right side. He died at the scene,'€ Jansen said.

He said the soldier would be brought to justice despite claiming to have fired the shot in self-defense. (asw/ebf)

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