Jayapura, 17/4 (Jubi) – A 24-year-old man who was injured in a shooting incident at the border with Papua New Guinea has died.
Hery (24) passed away on Wednesday after being treated at the Bhayangkara police hospital in Kotarajaya, Jayapura. His body was flown to his hometown in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Thursday afternoon for burial.
Hery was shot when he and a pick up driver crossed the highway Skouw Wutung at the border by an unidentified armed group.
A Koya Timur resident, Erwin said on Thursday (17/4) that he and his friends often took pictures at the border. But after this shooting incident, they are afraid to do so. His friend was afraid to open his stall at the border until the situation is back to normal.
The Coordinator of Border Market, Ahmed said the incident has sparked fears among traders. “I don’t know when the market will reopen because the border gate is once again closed. It depends on the traders,” he said on Thursday (17/4).
Earlier, the Papua Police Chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian said the police cleared the border area before the shooting incident on 9 April. The police have been informed about a person who was suspected to be a member of the armed group led by Matias Wenda.
“He ran away during a raid by the police and left his laptop behind. The police checked his laptop and found some pictures and videos of their activities,” Tito said on Wednesday (16/4). (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/rom)