42 displaced residents
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Some 42 residents of Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District, Papua Province, have taken refuge in military and police posts and in the houses of locals over rising security concerns, according to a police officer.
The displaced residents were all in safe and secure settings, but they would be moved to Sugapa Sub-district in Intan Jaya District, Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri told ANTARA in Jayapura on Monday.
However, Fakhiri could not as yet confirm when they would be moved since related authorities were making the requisite preparations.
In his earlier statement, Fakhiri stated that the displaced residents were being moved to Sugapa on account of the sub-district’s proximity to Beoga.
“The violent acts of the armed Papuan criminals are brutal,” Fakhiri noted, adding that some 25 personnel of the police’s elite Mobile Brigade unit, stationed at the Beoga police precinct, had partaken in the efforts to secure and protect the displaced residents.
The locals fled their homes to take refuge at several safe places after several armed Papuan criminals gunned down two teachers on April 8-9.
On Thursday (April 8) at about 9:30 a.m. local time, several armed Papuan criminals opened fire at a kiosk in Julukoma Village, Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District.
The shooting incident resulted in the death of a Beoga public elementary school teacher, Oktovianus Rayo.
After killing Rayo, the armed attackers continued their acts of terror by torching three classrooms of the Beoga public senior high school.
On Friday (April 9), the armed Papuan criminals again assaulted another teacher, Yonatan Randen. This junior high school teacher was shot on his chest.
Several villagers attempted to save Randen’s life by moving him to the Beoga public health center, but he died.
The armed Papuan criminals continued to pose a hindrance to the local authorities’ endeavor to transport the slain teachers’ coffins to Timika in Mimika District on Friday.
The notorious armed criminals, who stayed put in the Beoga Airport area, allowed an aircraft carrying the coffins to fly on Saturday (April 10) after receiving a ransom.
On Sunday evening (April 11), the armed criminals again conducted their campaigns of violence by setting ablaze nine classrooms of the Beoga public junior high school.
42 displaced residents news source: ANTARA NEWS