NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Bingki Village Head Obaja Nang survived a fatal shooting that several armed Papuan terrorists carried out during their attack on the village on Thursday, according to a Papua police spokesperson.
In a previous report, Nang had reportedly become one of the five slain civilians, Papua Police Spokesperson Senior Commissioner Ahmad Kamal said in a statement that ANTARA quoted here Sunday.
In fact, he survived the fatal shooting, and had been evacuated from Bingki Village in Seradala Sub-district, Yahukimo District, to Jayapura, the capital of Papua Province, on Saturday.
In Jayapura, he would have received further medical treatment for a gunshot wound on his thigh from the Papua police hospital’s team of doctors and paramedics, Kamal said.
Meanwhile, four other civilians died owing to the armed separatist terrorists’ fatal shooting and torture. They were identified as workers employed by a Bingki villager to build his house.
The bodies of three of the four slain workers, identified as Sudarto (45), Rufaidin (40), and Suardi (60), had been evacuated to Merauke for burial, he said.
Kamal, however, did not disclose the identity of the fourth civilian who fell victim to the notorious Papuan terrorists’ acts of terror.
Following Thursday’s attack, many Bingki villagers have taken refuge to Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo District, for security reasons, he added.
Over the past few years, armed Papuan groups have applied hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel and unleashed acts of terror against civilians in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak to instill fear among the people.
The recent targets of such acts have included construction workers, motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers, teachers, students, street food vendors, and even civilian aircraft.
On April 25, 2021, Papuan separatists, operating in Beoga, ambushed State Intelligence Agency (Papua) chief, Maj. Gen. I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha, and several security personnel during their visit to Dambet Village.
Following Nugraha’s fatal shooting, President Joko Widodo instructed the TNI and National Police to track down and arrest the members of all separatist and terrorist groups operating in Papua, stressing there is no place for them within Indonesian territory.
In response to the ongoing security disturbances, People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has warned that the state must not allow armed separatists to continue to terrorize communities in Papua.
It must ensure that the Papuans’ rights to enjoy the outcomes of development programs in the country’s easternmost province are not disrupted and hijacked by continued acts of terror, he stressed.(mic)