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Papua, PNG police join forces to hunt insurgents

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Tue, April 8, 2014   /  04:13 pm

The Papua Police are working with their Papua New Guinea (PNG) counterpart to hunt down a group of criminals on the run in PNG territory after a shoot out with the police near the Indonesia-PNG Skouw Wutung border on  Saturday.

'€œWe identified the group from evidence found at the scene of the crime. They are under the leadership of Mathias Wenda,'€ Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Tuesday.

According to the police, Mathias Wenda'€™s group had been based in Victoria Village, PNG, and were known to be operating near the border area.

The group allegedly replaced the national flag with the Free Papua Organization (OPM) flag, vandalized the border area and exchanged fire with the police, which resulted in the injury of Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr.  Albert Papare and a soldier by the name chief Sgt. Tugino. (dic)

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