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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) — At least 31 workers were reportedly shot dead by armed gunmen at the Trans Papua project, in West Papua. The murder allegedly happened on Monday (12/03).

Police received the murder information from citizen on Monday, at around 3:30 p.m. local time. Most victims worked for Hebema-Mugi bridge, in Kali Yigi-Kali Aurak, Nduga regency, managed by state-owned developer PT Istaka Karya.

Based on initial information, around 24 people were killed first. Then eight others managed to secure themselves at a Regional People’s Representative Assembly’s house but the gunmen chased them.

Seven were killed while one managed to get way and still hasn’t been found. According to official, the bodies haven’t been evacuated because of the location’s isolation.

According to Istaka Karya’ spokesman, Yudi Kristanto that there were 28 workers in the area. While, the three others victims are now being identified.

“Operational Director and Operation Division Head went to Wamena, Monday, to lead coordination and further actions,” said Kristanto today (12/04).

He added, the developer also sent a joint-team of security officers and company staff to the location.

Papua Police Spokesperson Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said that police and military personnel are being sent to investigate the assasination. Police are co-ordinating with al related parties, rechecking the information and chasing the perpetrators.

Followed the accident, President Joko Widodo instructed police and military to investigate the shooting in Nduga, Papua. He admitted the project construction area is red zone.

“This morning, I ordered Military Commander and Police Chief to review because it is still mazy. Because it was allegedly no signal there, is it really happened like that,” he told media at the Merdeka Palace.

Widodo added, gunmen interference showed the difficulty in developing Papua. But Widodo stressed that development in Papua will be continued.

Trans Papua refers to 11 road segments across Papua and West Papua province. The roads stretch from Sorong to Merauke with a total length of 4,325 kilometers.

The construction on all the roads are predicted to finish in 2018, with 3,850 kilometers of roads have being completed in March 2017. The completed road segments include 884 out of Indonesia’ 1,068 kilometer border road with Papua New Guinea.

The remaining parts of the road, including 7,000 meters of bridges, are planned to be completed in 2017 and 2018, although not all of the road has been layered by asphalt.

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