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August 27, 2020, 07.10 PM – A resident of the Dekai district in the easternmost region of Papua was killed in an attack by an alleged group of unidentified men armed with machetes and bows and arrows on August 26.

The death of Yausan, 31, is the third time in only a month after two people were killed in Indonesia’s mountainous regency of Yahukimo.

Papua police spokesman Senior Commissioner AM Kamal said that the case is under investigation following the arrest of two alleged suspects.

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“Currently, members of the criminal investigation unit of Yahukimo police have arrested two people on suspicion of being members of the unidentified group and who allegedly attacked the police [when searching perpetrators],” Kamal said in a statement on Thursday, August 27.

“They are currently being examined by the criminal investigation unit of Yahukimo police.” 

Kamal said the attack began when the victim and a witness were going to deliver building materials to a customer’s house by a pickup truck.

When the vehicle was approaching a street in Dekai district, suddenly the group of unidentified men came and attacked indiscriminately with sharp weapons.

“At 4:10pm local time at a bridge on Gunung Street in Dekai district in Yahukimo regency, Yausan was being mistreated by the group of people,” said Kamal.

“The victim, who was sitting in a cargo bed of the pickup truck, was then attacked with arrows, machetes, and wooden beam until he fell off the vehicle,” he added.

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