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.
In other news, Chinese salvage vessels participating in the search for the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 encountered a setback, after one of the ships’ cables snapped off as it tried to bring a part of the submarine to the surface. This and more on Indonesia Highlights:
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.
Indonesian regional military intelligence chief Brigadier General I Gusti Danny Putu Nugraha is the highest profile fatality of the conflict, after insurgents in Puncak Jaya shot and killed him in an ambush at the end of April.
Mob in Indonesia’s Lampung Province Burns Down A Police Station
A mob in Indonesia’s Lampung Province have taken the law into their own hands in the most inapposite way, by setting fire to a police station at the South Lampung [Lampung Selatan] Regency on Tuesday, May 19. No casualties were reported in the incident.
An eyewitness to the fire recorded the crowd in Beringin village burning down the police station at the Candipuro district, and uploaded the footage. The video went viral and found its way to the WhatsApp instant messaging apps. A running narrative he provided discloses the arsons’ motives.
“The local [people] are furious about lawlessness and robbers operating unchecked,” he intoned in the 15-minute video. “So they took [their anger out] on the Candipuro police station by burning it.” He also noted that the hundreds strong mob cheered, as the flames spread through the police station.
The arson culminated month of protests by local people towards the police station, after they felt that the police was not taking enough action against the robbers. “The police neglected their duties, enabling the robbers to act freely in Beringin Village.”
Candipuro police station chief Police Commissioner Attendant Ahmad Hazuan confirmed “that the incident did occur. “However, we have yet to confirm whether all the arsonists are from Beringin Village or other areas,” he said.
He added that two firefighting trucks came and put out the flames. Ahmad denied the mob’s claim that the police are not doing enough to prevent crime. “We have been attempting to solve robberies and other lawlessness. We also constantly went on patrol to prevent crimes from happening.”
Initial Attempts to Raise Sunken Indonesian Submarine Fails
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy [PLA Navy] salvage ships taking part in the multinational operation to raise the sunken Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 has failed to bring the doomed ship to the surface.
Indonesian Navy Second Fleet Command commander Rear Admiral Iwan Isnurwanto said the Chinese scientific salvage ship Tan Suo-2 has tried and failed to raise the sail section of the Type 209 submarine.
“The sling the Tan Suo-2 used to raise the sail section of the KRI Nanggala-402 broke. We initially thought that part of the ship was about 18 tons,” Iwan noted.
“But the Chinese crews might have miscalculated, because if the rope was broken, it meant that the sail section weighed more than 20 tons. That means they have to recalculate the rope’s strength to lift the sail section.”
Iwan added that “lifting the [submarine’s parts] is not easy because of the depths and the possibility that the sail section might be attached to other parts of the submarine.”
The salvage efforts came after the Tan Suo-2, the PRC Navy Ocean Salvage and Rescue Ship Yong Xing Dao-863, and the PRC Navy Ship Ocean Tug Nantuo-195 detected KRI Nanggala-402’s bow section, sail section, and stern section.
Indonesia intends to raise the remains of KRI Nanggala-402 and its crew. The ship and its 53-man crew was lost with all hands, when it sank off the northern coast of Bali during a torpedo exercise on April 21
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