The Jakarta Post
Two civilians were shot to death by unknown assailants in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday.
National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Ramadhan confirmed the incident on Wednesday, but stopped short of disclosing further details.
“It’s true that two Poso residents were shot and killed in Pesisir Utara on Tuesday,” Ahmad said as reported by tribunnews.com.
Personnel from the joint police and Indonesian Military (TNI) Operation Tinombala along with the Central Sulawesi and Poso Police have been examining the forest where the incident took place, he added.
As reported by tribunnews.com, the shooting occurred within an area covered by the Tinombala police-military operation in the region.
The two victims have been identified as Syarifuddin, 37, and Firman, 18, both of whom were residents of Poso Pesisir Utara district.
Syarifuddin sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and was already dead when the locals found him, whereas Firman died from a similar injury to his neck while he was being taken to a nearby village.
United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Arsul Sani has urged the National Police to investigate the shooting of the two Poso residents.
“I want those in charge of the National Police to give their attention to [the murder] of these two Poso residents,” the politician said in a statement on Thursday.
He went on to say that the investigation should also involve the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to ensure that the proceedings remain impartial to reveal the real perpetrators, whether or not they were security personnel.
“[…] If the victims were wrongly murdered and they were not involved with an act of terrorism or other crime, the police owe [their families] a public apology and financial compensation,” Arsul said. (rfa)