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Jakarta Post

Shootings escalate in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 31, 2017   /  10:52 am
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The Papua Police and Cendrawasih Military Command are bracing for a possible outbreak of violence following a series of shootings around the mining site of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in Tembagapura, Mimika. The police have issued the highest security alert, known as Siaga 1, effective on Sunday, to step up vigilance against rising gun attacks. The latest shooting incident occurred on Sunday, when a group of unidentified gunmen fired at a Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) station at Mile 66, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said on Monday. “The group keeps spreading terror and has caused unrest among locals, [PTFI] employees, as well as security personnel. So, we instruct all police and military personnel stationed in the area to be on the highest alert,” he said. Less developed: A quay in Yahim village near Sentani Lake, Papua, remains the only access p...