Jayapura, Saturday – A soldier was killed during armed conflict involving TNI (Indonesian National Armed Forces) and the insurgent group on Saturday (19/9/2020) at Hitadipa, Intan Jaya Regency, Papua. Private First Class Dwi Akbar Utomo from Yonif 711/Raksatama, Gorontalo Utara, North Sulawesi, was reportedly shot at his left armpit.
Utomo was a member of Yonif 711/Raksatama who deployed to assist the security operation under the projected Sub-district Military Command (Koramil) Hitadipa. The Antara News Agency reported that the armed conflict between TNI and the insurgent group occurred at around 1.20 pm Papua time.
After being shot, Utomo, who was in critical condition, was rushed to Hitadipa Community Health Centre but he died at 2.50 pm Papua time.
“That’s right that Private First Class Dwi Akbar Utomo shot dead in the armed conflict,” Chief of Military Public Affairs of Cenderawasih Regional Command XVII Colonel Artillery Reza Nur Patria told the Antara News Agency in Jayapura, Papua.
The shooting incident and armed conflict on this Saturday was the fourth time to happen in Intan Jaya this week. On Friday (18/9/2020), aeroplane Dabi Air PK-DPG was shot by an armed group at Bilogai Airport, Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency. However, there were no casualties in the shooting incident on Friday.
Earlier, on Thursday (17/9/2020), an armed conflict between TNI and the insurgent group opened in Hitadipa which killed First Sergeant Sahlan, a member of Kodim 1404/Pinrang, North Sulawesi who deployed to back up in securing the headquarters of the projected Koramil Hitadipa at Intan Jaya Regency. In this incident, the armed insurgent group also seized a long rifle FNC, a magazine and bullets.
While, on Monday (14/9/2020), the armed group based in Mamba Village, Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jaya Regency, shot two civilians La Ode Anas (33 yo) and Fathur Rahman (23 yo). The two victims evacuated to Mimika Regency for further medical treatment. (*)
Reporter: Admin Jubi
Editor: Pipit Maizier