Papua Police Arrest Suspected Armed Group Member


Jayapura, Jubi – A Papua Police Special force reportedly arrested a suspected member of an armed group based at Papua Central Highlands on Monday (16/3/2015).

A source at the Papua police said officers arrested the man identified as KW at a hotel in Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya Regency.

“That hotel is located near to Wamena Airport. They took him to the local police office. It is said he will transfer to Papua Police Office for further question on Tuesday (17/03/2015),” he said.

The Papua Police Spokesperson Commissionaire Senior Patrige Renwarin confirmed about the arrest. According to him the suspect is now already in the custody of Papua Police’s Crime and Investigation Unit.

“He’s been taken from Wamena. Actually Mobile Brigade officer had arrested him and his two colleagues during security operation in Lani Jaya on suspicion of firearm possession at the end of January,” Renwarin said on Tuesday afternoon (17/3/2015). He was released for the lack of evidence, but an investigation on his two friends who are now jailed at Papua Police’s custody pointed him as the gun owner.


“Finally the Special Force caught him back. Now the three suspects are jailed due to the possession of firearm. The Police also seized a number of other evidence including Nokia mobile phone, black waist pack and wallet,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

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