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Jakarta Post

Two soldiers arrested over Papua shooting

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Fri, August 28, 2015   /  03:50 pm

Two Army officers were arrested on Friday for allegedly killing two men and injuring two others in Timika Baru district in Papua.

First Sergeant Arshar and Sergeant Head Makher from the Timika Military Command were both taken to the Military Police office in Timika after killing Imanuel Mailmaur, 23, and Yulianus Okoare, 23, and injuring Marthinus Apokapo, 24, and Martinus Imapula, 25, who were shot in the hip and foot respectively.

'€œThey were both guilty and they should be held responsible for their behavior,'€ the commander of Merauke Regional Military Command, Brig. Gen. Supartodi, told The Jakarta Post.

Supartodi said that the two officers were drunk when they opened fire into a crowd of people.

Two different versions of what happened during the incident have circulated among the public.

The Army version states that the two officers only defended themselves after the crowd tried to seize their weapons.

However, witnesses in the crowd said that those two officers were already drunk when they approached the crowd.

Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw is currently in Timika to assist with the handling of the situation. (ika)

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