Jayapura , 27/4 ( Jubi ) – Shooting incidents that often occurred in Puncak Jaya were purely criminal acts, said chief of staff of military command XVII of Cenderawasih, Brigadier General Hinsa Siburian.
“Victims include a motorcycle taxi driver, a driver, teachers and even soldiers. It means that they are purely criminal groups and we will continue to pursue them,” said Siburian on Saturday ( 26/4) after attending the funeral of Rahman Hakim, a 752 Infantry Battalion Raider sergeant who was killed in an attack by an an armed group on Friday.
He said that the presence of soldiers was to protect the citizens who live in that area from any disturbances including from armed criminal groups.
“The military exists to protect the people and local governments,” he added.
He said he had instructed the soldiers to be vigilant.
“We will not add troops,” said Siburian.
The number of army posts in Mulia, Puncak Jaya will be moved to higher ground or strategic areas because they often became targets of shootings from criminal groups, he said.
Clashes between soldiers and an armed group broke out in Puncak Jaya regency on Friday ( 25/4 ), leaving two members of the 751 Infantry Battalion Raider wounded. Rahman died later of his injuries.
Cenderawasih XVII military command spokesman Lt. Col. Rikas Hidayatullah said the incident began when officers from the security post Gurage Raider Battalion 751 Infantry Battalion were patrolling around the scene.
“Suddenly they were attacked by an armed group and as a result , Rahman and Polang got shot. After that, the perpetrators fled ,” Hidayatullah said. (Jubi/Indrayadi TH/Tina)