Armed criminal group shoots medical workers in Papua

Indonesian military and police personnel hunt for members of an armed criminal group believed to have shot civilians in Tembagapura, Papua. (ANTARA/HO/Humas Polda Papua)

 Armed Criminal Group here is the same as Free West Papua armed wing.

We plan to go to the scene (of the shooting) on Saturday (May 23, 2020) to evacuate the victim

Jayapura (ANTARA) – An armed criminal group reportedly shot two medical workers, one of them fatally. The workers were delivering medicines for COVID-19 patients in Intan Jaya District of Papua Province.

The two medical workers have been identified as Almalek Bagau and Eunico Somou, chief of the Intan Jaya District Police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yuli Karre Pongbala, said on Friday.

Eunico Somou reportedly died of gunshot wounds, while Almalek, who is in critical condition, has been rushed to Pastoral Wandai for treatment.

“We plan to go to the scene (of the shooting) on Saturday (May 23, 2020) to evacuate the victim,” Yuli said, adding it will take five hours to reach the spot. (INE)

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Notes

Located on the western half of the island of New Guinea and long racked by a simmering violent separatist insurgency, Papua encompasses Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces.

A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.

Since the democratization in 1998, especially since 2007, democracy by mean of elections has been introduced to increase political participation in the two provinces. The fact that the leaders of Papua and West Papua provinces are democratically elected by the people has strengthened the legality of the region as a province of Indonesia.

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