Illustration of security forces around Freeport mining area - IST

One Brimob killed in a firefight at Freeport area

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Illustration of security forces around Freeport mining area – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Provincial Police has confirmed the death of a Brimob member following a shoot-out with armed groups in Tembagapura, Mimika District. The armed group is presumably led by Sabinus Waker.

Through the press release issued by the Public Relations Division of Papua Police, Sunday (October 22) which said the shoot occurred at around 16.00 WP near Utikini Bridge.

“On Sunday 22 October 2017 at around 16.00, members of Brimob Den B Timika pursued an armed group of Sabinus Waker. But at the time of the pursuit, members of Brimob Den B Timika back in armed contact with Sabinus waker group in Utikini Bridge area Tembagapura,” said in the release received by Jubi, Sunday (October 22).

One member of Brimob Den B Timika, Brigadier Berry Pramana Putra had suffered gunshot wounds and died at the scene of the shoot-out. Berry’s body was evacuated from the crime scene to PT. Freeport Tembagapura.

A day earlier, there was a shoot-out between Brimob Polda Papua personnel led by Ipda Taufik with the same armed group in Mount Sangker Kalibua Kampung Utikini in Tembagapura.

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In the shooting contact, two personnels of Brimob Den B Timika suffered gunshot wounds, namely Brigpol Mufadol of Brimob Unit Den B Timika and Barada Alwin of Brimob Team Den B Timika. Both victims have been evacuated and have received medical treatment at PT. Freeport Tembagapura.

Quoted by tempo.co, Head of Sub Directorate of Public Information for Public Police of Papua, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Suryadi Diaz, said that there is a group of Papuans who are not happy with the Freeport project.

“They are indeed anti Freeport,” Suryadi said.

Suryadi also said the shooting that occurred at Mile Point 67.5 Tembagapura was a bluff or terror.

“The Brigadier Mobil Corps (Brimob) suspect that way,” Suryadi said.

He also said the two events were allegedly linked, as there were indications of the similarities of the perpetrators with the shootings that struck two Brimobs. (tabloidjubi.com/Zely)

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