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Indonesia Highlights: N439K Coronavirus Strain Found in Indonesia Since November 2020 | Papuan Insurgents Hold Regional Airline Pilot and Crew Hostage | Police in South Tangerang Investigate Murders

March 14, 2021, 07.02 AM

The Papua Regional Police said the crisis occurred shortly after the Susi Air PK BVU turboprop plane from Timika’s Mozes Kilangin airport landed at Puncak regency’s Wangbe airfield.

“The plane was flown by New Zealand national John Terrence Hellyer. It was carrying three passengers,” said Papua Regional Police spokesman Police Grand Commissioner Ahmad Musthofa Kamal on Saturday.

“30 KKB insurgents suddenly stormed the plane after it landed at 5:40 am. They held Hellyer and his passengers at gunpoint for over two hours, until one of the passengers talked their captors into releasing them, unharmed, more than two hours later at 8 am.”

Indonesian military spokesman Colonel CZI IGN Suriastawa confirmed that the incident took place. “The taking of hostages shows that [the Papuan insurgency] is far from over, though no one was hurt” he said. “[The military] is working closely with the police to suppress the KKB.”

The Papuan insurgency is particularly intense in the regencies of Puncak and Intan Jaya. The conflict has killed dozens of insurgents, Indonesian soldiers and policemen, as well as Papuan civilians, since it flared up in December 2019.


Police in South Tangerang Investigate Murders of German Citizen and His Indonesian Wife

Police in South Tangerang, Banten Province are investigating the murders of a German national and his Indonesian wife at their house in Giri Loka housing complex, a part of the BSD housing development in the Serpong area, after the couple was found dead on Saturday, March 13.

“The couple’s housekeeper found them dead at midnight, then informed security at the housing complex” said South Tangerang Police Criminal Investigation Directorate chief Police Commissioner Attendant Angga Surya.

“She also confirmed that the couple received guests on Friday evening, hours before their deaths.”

He added that the security officer, who was identified as Lukman Hakim found the couple, who was identified as K and NM, hacked to death.

“We confirmed Lukman’s findings, as an ax was found at the scene of the crime. We are also examining a lighter shaped like a gun, as evidence.”

However, Angga noted that there are no signs of struggle. He added that the police “have notified the German Embassy officials about the murder investigation, as K was a German citizen,” he said.

“We have also identified the suspect and have launched a manhunt for him.” However, he provided no further details.


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