The Jakarta Post
The Papua Police said on Wednesday that it had arrested two civilians suspected of killing two police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel from South Sumatra and stealing their firearms in Utikini village, Tembagapura, Mimika, Papua, on Jan.1.
'Two people with initials JW and MW have been named as suspects and they are undergoing an intensive investigation,' Papua Police chief Insp.Gen.Yotje Mende said in Jayapura on Wednesday.
He was speaking after the inauguration of Papua Police deputy chief Sr. Comr. Rudolf Albert Rodja, a former Central Sulawesi Police deputy chief who has replaced Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw. Paulus has been appointed as West Papua Police chief.
Mende said that during the police's investigation results, JW admitted that he had participated in the attack on the two Brimob personnel. Meanwhile, MW was caught red-handed carrying a bayonet smeared with blood shortly after the two Brimob personnel were found dead, he added.
Mende further explained that MW was undergoing medical treatment in Jakarta for injuries he suffered during the arrest. Meanwhile, JW was being treated at Tembagapura Hospital for gunshot wounds suffered when an armed group led by Ayub Waker and a joint team of National Police and Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel shot at each other in Utikini village on Jan. 7.
Ayub's group is suspected to be behind the deaths of the two Brimob personnel ' Second Brig. Ryan Hariansah, 22, and First Brig. Muhammad Andriadi, 22 -- in the Utikini incident, which also killed Suko Miartono, 33, a security guard at Freeport Indonesia. (ebf)(+++)
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