JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Law and order has been tested throughout Indonesia. A mob in Papua Province has killed two Indonesian soldiers and stole their assault rifles, while another crowd in Lampung Province burned down a police station in the province’s Lampung Selatan Regency.
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Papuan Mob Kills Two Indonesian Soldiers
Tensions in the embattled Indonesian province of Papua remain high, after a mob of men beat two Indonesian Army soldiers to death at the Yahukimo Regency on Tuesday, May 18.
Military Area 172 commander Brigadier General Izak Pangemanan, whose command includes Yahukimo, said the crowd assaulted Master Private M. Alif and Private Aryudi as the two men were guarding the Nop Goliat Dekai Airport.
“The mob converged to attack Master Private M. Alif and Private Aryudi. Their cause of death was multiple stab wounds,” Izak noted. “Their attackers took away the deceased’s SS2 assault rifles.”
While the authorities have yet to identify the perpetrators, Izhak has little doubt about the responsible parties. “We strongly believe that insurgents or Armed Criminal Groups [KKB] are behind this attack, though we are still trying to determine their complicity,” Izak asserted.
Papua Regional Police chief Inspector General Mathius D. Fakhiri will coordinate the pursuit of the suspects with Army Major-General Ignatius Yogo Triyono.
“We will not be rash in our pursuit of the suspects, especially as they are now armed with assault rifles. We urge [military and police personnel] to be more careful in using firearms, as stealing and using the weapons are the insurgents’ main goal,”,” Fakhiri said.
The ongoing insurgency in Papua continues to take its toll on Indonesian servicemen and civilians, as well as Papuan insurgents.