Indonesia military and Free Papuan Rebel Fires in Nduga Papua - Photo: Special

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The bus group transporting the employees of PT Freeport Indonesia was shot in Papua on Monday (01/13), local media reported. A vehicle convoy was fired at around Mile 53 while on its way from the Tembagapura highlands to Timika at around 08.42 East Indonesian Time.

Papua police chief Paul Waterpauw confirmed the shooting terror and ensured there were no fatalities. The local police, he continues, was already at the location to check the scene directly and strengthening security around the Freeport mine road.

“There was a report on Mile 53 that two employee buses that came down from Tembagapura were shot. Nobody was injured in the incident,” Waterpauw said to Kompas, adding the shooting was allegedly carried out by the local armed criminal group led by Egianus Kogoya.

The shooting involved two units of employee transport vehicles, each with a hull number 140487 and 140419, Waterpauw explained. About three shots came from the bottom of Mile 53 tower on the left windshield, he adds. The buses are currently being held as evidence.

A day before, shootings also took place in Nduga, Papua. The local police member was shot in the leg. Bharatu Luki Darmadi (26) is a police member of Maluku regional police. He joined the police group to maintain the security situation in the regency. He was then referred to the national police hospital in Jakarta, for further treatment.

Waterpauw said the criminal group led by Kogoya was most responsible for a series of shootings in Nduga. Kogoya is a young man who seized weapons from the security forces. He often makes the community as a shield, when the apparatus pursues the concerned and his group.

According to monitoring data, more than 20 cases have occurred from 2015 to November 2019, even showing the number of cases has been increased in the last two years.

Throughout 2018, armed violence killed three are Indonesian officers and two people from armed groups. In that year, there were nine cases recorded by media coverage.

The following year, the number of victims swelled. Four civilian victims and three Indonesian officers were recorded. The casualties emerged from seven cases that occurred until November 2019. The data did not include an incident in Nduga that happened to Trans Papua development workers.

From 2015 to November 2019, at least 15 civilians and 14 Indonesian citizens killed in various incidents of armed violence.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com