The Jakarta Post
Two North Sumatran fishermen were killed while another one was critically injured after being shot by unidentified assailants in the Sumeulue waters of Aceh last week.
Sibolga water police unit head Adj. Comr. M. Sihombing said the shooters attacked two fishing boats identified as KM Tiur and KM Kasih Sayang, which belonged to the fishermen from North Sumatra's Central Tapanuli regency, at around 3 a.m. on Friday.
“The shooting happened when the two fishing boats heaved the anchors in Simeulue waters of Aceh. All of a sudden, the two fishing boats were shot by unidentified persons,” Sihombing told The Jakarta Post on Monday.
KM Tiur crew member Putra, 30, and KM Kasih Sayang captain Aspuri, 33, died in the incident. Meanwhile, another victim identified as Irfan Nasution is receiving treatment at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra.
The other crew members of the boats escaped the shootings, Sihombing said, without detailing the number of survivors.
“We will help the Aceh police investigate this shooting case. We have taken pictures of the shooting marks on the boats [as evidence],” he said, adding that the two fishing boats have docked at Sibolga Harbor in North Sumatra.
The head of the Penjaring Salam fishermen community in Sibolga, Asrul Tanjung, demanded that security forces immediately arrest the perpetrators to find out the motives behind the fatal shootings.
According to information Asrul obtained from several survivors and witnesses, the shooters came to attack on a large boat.
“The shooters reportedly used a big boat with fish bomb gear on it. This kind of boat is now pervasively used by many [fishermen] and usually operate in Sinabang waters, Aceh,” he added. (trn)