Jayapura, Jubi – Members of a special force tasked with rescuing two Indonesians taken hostage in Papua New Guinea have returned to their bases.
Unidentified gunmen took two Indonesians hostage on 9 September 2015, prompting the Indonesian military to form a special force consisting of thirty-three best soldiers to be deployed to to release them.
The Cenderawasih XVII Military Commander Major General Hinsa Siburian said the special force was already in Papua during the incident was occurred. But, the negotiation between the hostage takers and the PNG military went well .
He said the Indonesian Military appreciated the government of Papua New Guinea for insisting that the negotiation should only involve PNG Army and hostage takers.
“We appreciate the sovereignty of Papua New Guinea. We only waited if the process of negotiation was neglected, the special force would be deployed on the scene of hostage,” the commander told to reporters in the Launch of Special Force at Regimental Headquarter of Regional Military on Saturday (19/9/2015).
It’s then explained that the special force has above average ability. “They are anti-terrorist team of Indonesian Army. They are the best team of Indonesian Army; they are ready to be deployed in any situation. They are the world class of anti terrorist, including to release the hostages,” said the commander.
Regarding to this case of hostage, and to guard the Indonesian territory at the border area of Indonesia and PNG, the Commander Siburian admitted that regional military would not improve their troop to secure the area. “Not for this moment, but it would be optimized with the existing troop,” he said. (Roy Ratumakin/rom)