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Jakarta Post

RI-PNG border open despite shootings

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Wed, April 16, 2014   /  09:55 pm

The Indonesian authorities have decided to open the Skouw Wutung border area between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) despite a recent shooting incident allegedly conducted by a group of insurgents, an official said.

'€œWe will pursue the assailants while the border gate will be opened,'€ Cendrawasih Military Command spokesman Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatulah said on Wednesday.

He said a civilian by the name of Hery had been shot on his way to a traditional market located near the border area. Hery is being treated at Bhayangkara Police Hospital.

'€œA team of soldiers has been deployed to pursue the assailants,'€ Rikas said.

The border area was closed on April 6 following a shooting incident involving insurgents reportedly led by Mathias Wenda a day before. The incident left Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Albert Papare and a soldier by the name of chief Sgt. Tugino injured.

Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said a joint team comprising police personnel and soldiers had been deployed to pursue the insurgents who had fled into PNG territory.(dic)