Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua chief of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), Brig. Gen. I Gusti Putu Danny NK, has reportedly died in a crossfire between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Dambet Village, Beoga District, Puncak Regency on Sunday, April 25, 2021.
Commander of the XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Maj. Gen. Ignatius Yogo Triyono confirmed on Sunday that the body had arrived in Beoga at 6.30 p.m. local time and would be transported to Timika on Monday.
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“The body will be evacuated to Timika on Monday morning and flown to Jakarta in the afternoon to be buried in the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery,” Triyono said.
According to Triyono, Danny went to Dambet Village with seven military personnel by motorcycles to investigate the reported arson in the village and gave support to the villagers. Dambet was reportedly attacked by an armed group on Saturday, wherein the house of tribal chief Eber Tinal and schools were burned.
At 3.50 p.m., Danny was shot. “The shooter was reportedly from the Lekagak Telenggen group [of the TPNPB],” said Triyono.
The Papua Provincial Government expresses condolences for the intelligence chief’s death. “Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Tomorrow I will go to Timika to send off the body,” Papua Regional Secretary Dance Yulian Flassy told Jubi on Sunday.
Flassy also appealed to the Papua citizen to remain calm and not getting provoked by the recent event. “The state has taken care of the late general’s body,” he said.
Brig. Gen. Danny was an alumnus of the Military Academy in 1993. He served as the chief of the Papua BIN since June 2020, replacing Maj. Gen. Abdul Haris Napoleon. (*)