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Jakarta Post

TNI confiscates 28 rifles from OPM

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Fri, May 2, 2014   /  05:03 pm

Cendrawasih Military chief Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua said the Army (TNI) had confiscated 28 rifles from the separatist group the Free Papua Movement (OPM) between January to April during territorial operations in Papua.

"The 28 weapons were SS-1, M-16 and AK-47 assault rifles; a mouser rifle; FN-46 pistol; air guns; airsoft guns; and several homemade weapons," Christian said on Friday.

Christian was speaking during a promotion ceremony for 23 soldiers within the Cendrawasih Military Command.

"These lads were promoted because they had succeeded in confiscating OPM weapons. Unfortunately we lost chief Pvt. Sugiarto in the line of duty,'€ he said.

Besides the Cendrawasih Military Command soldiers, six other soldiers from different divisions were also promoted.

Christian said besides confiscating the rifles, these soldiers had also managed to foil the smuggling attempt of 900 kilograms of ammonium nitrate at the Indonesia-Malaysia borders in Bengkayang regency in West Kalimantan province.

'€œI hope these achievements won'€™t slow us down and turn us complacent,'€ he said.(fss/dic)


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