JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The casualties in a series of natural disasters in East Nusa Tenggara has risen to 165 on Friday, up from 138 in the middle of the week.
Insurgents or ‘Armed Criminal Groups’ in Papua have turned to terrorizing educational institutions, after they killed two teachers and kidnapped one educator. They also burned down three schools in the Puncak regency.
And police in Bali bust a prostitution ring they suspected of operating since 2020, after they arrested three Uzbek forced into prostitution, and their Indonesian pimp. This and more on Indonesia Highlights:
Death Toll in East Nusa Tenggara Natural Disasters Reach 165
The number of victims in a series of natural disasters that hit the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara has risen to 165, less than a week after flash floods, mudslides and lava floods hit the area last Sunday on April 4.
“Aside from the 165 people confirmed dead in the natural disasters, another 45 persons are listed as missing,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency [BNPB] head Doni Monardo on Friday.
“The East Flores regency bore the brunt of the losses with 71 dead, followed by Lembata regency with 46 fatalities. Alor regency was third with 28 people.”
Doni’s grim figures does not end there. “Another 156 people are known to be injured in the disaster, which drove 17,834 people from their homes. More than 20 thousand others are also affected by the disasters to a greater or lesser extent.”
The government has particularly focused on disaster mitigation in the eastern Indonesian provinces, with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ himself overseeing relief operations in the stricken areas.
Papuan Insurgents Terrorize Schools for Two Days, Kills Two Teachers, Kidnaps Another
Papuan insurgents or so-called ‘Armed Criminal Groups’ or KKB has gone on a two day rampage against schools in the province’s Puncak regency on Thursday and Friday.
The Papuan Regional Police announced that KKB under wanted insurgent Sabinus Waker terrorized the village of Julukoma, as the insurgents made their way from the regency of Intan Jaya to the town of Ilaga in Puncak regency.
“The first killing occurred on Thursday, after the KKB shot and killed elementary schoolteacher Oktovianus Rayo,” said Papua Regional Police chief Inspector General Mathius D. Fakhri in Jayapura.
“Hours later, another group under Nau Waker burned three schools in Julukoma as they were retreating from Indonesian forces in Intan Jaya.” The killings continued Friday.
“An unidentified group of insurgents shot another teacher, who was identified as Yonatan Randen, at his home in Puncak regency’s Beoga district,” said Papua Regional Police spokesman Police Grand Commissioner M. Iqbal Alqudussy.
“Though he was rushed to a medical facility, he died on arrival.”
The Antaran state news agency also reported that the insurgents kidnapped a Junior High School teacher identified as Junedi Arung Salele, who was later rescued by the Indonesian army. The insurgents are still at large.
Police in Bali Arrest Three Uzbek Women for Prostitution
Police in the resort island of Bali has arrested three foreign nationals whom they suspected are involved in a prostitution ring at the city of Denpasar.
“We detained three Uzbek nationals whom we suspected are involved in prostitution, along with their 42-year old pimp, whom we identified as Robby alias PPM,” said Denpasar Police Department chief Police Grand Commissioner Jansen Avitus Panjaitan, as quoted by the Antara state news agency.
“Robby recruited the trio as prostitutes at a discotheque months before the Covid-19 pandemic struck Bali and the rest of Indonesia, along with an unknown number of foreign nationals in the past. He would then peddle them to customers via Whatsapp for Rp. 2.5 million [$171.05] per person.”
Jansen added that Robby will take his cut of Rp. 1 million, while his girls keep Rp. 1.5 million. “We received a tip from the public about the prostitution ring. An investigation of a hotel suspected to be used by the ring found two unmarried couples in different rooms, which proved our findings.”
He asserted that investigators arrested Robby at his boarding house in Denpasar shortly after. If found guilty, Robby and the girls he employed could face between 1 year to 1 year and 4 months in jail.
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