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Armed man dies in Wamena gun battle: Police

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23, 2019   /  08:24 pm
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A protester participating in an antiracism rally in Central Jakarta holds a banner that reads “Papuans are not monkeys”. The protesters urged the government to resolve a racial abuse case against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A member of an unidentified armed group was killed in a gun battle with authorities in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, on Friday, the National Police have announced. National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said a shootout broke out as the Jayawijaya police and military personnel were searching for men they believed to have fired gunshots heard by residents near Jimawa traditional market on Thursday. They were able to track down five members of the group, who refused to turn themselves in and instead began firing their weapons, Asep said. “One member died on the spot, while the remaining four escaped. As they ran away, they continued to shoot at our personnel. One police officer and Public Order Agency officer were wounded," Asep told reporters at the Jayawijaya Police headquarters. He added the police had yet to identify the group as they were still...