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Police arrest two over murder of journalists in North Sumatra

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan, North Sumatra   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  06:18 pm
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Two people have been arrested over the murder of journalists-cum-activists Maraden Sianipar and Maratua P. Siregar in North Sumatra last week. Four others remain at large.(Shutterstock/File)

The police in Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra, have arrested two people and are hunting down four others over their alleged role in the murder of journalists-cum-activists Maraden Sianipar and Maratua P. Siregar last week. Both victims were found dead on Oct. 30 in Wonosari village of Panai Hilir district, Labuhan Batu regency, with stab wounds all across their bodies. The alleged perpetrators were apprehended near their residences in Wonosari village early Tuesday. The police also seized a motorcycle as evidence. Based on the police's preliminary investigation, Labuhan Batu Police criminal investigation unit head Adj. Comr. Jama Kita Purba said the motive behind the murder was "revenge over a land dispute". The two allegedly committed the murder together with four others who are still at large. "We are still hunting down the other four murder suspects [&hel...