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TNI Not to Increase Personnel in Papua

The National Defense Forces (TNI) will not send additional  personnel to Timikia, Papua, following  Saturday’s fatal shooting of a Freeport employee. Unidentified gunmen last Saturday attacked a Freeport car in Timika killing Drew Nicholas Grant, an Australian working for the Indonesian subsidiary of the US-based mining giant in Papua.
TNI spokesman Rear Marshal Sagom Tamboen said here on Monday  since the hand-over of security at vital objects in the Freeport area to the police, the military had placed only one unit of soldiers from the Cenderawasi Military Command in Timika.

"That is thepermanent procedure  we have been applying so far, and will not be sending reinforcements for the army unit stationed there," Tamboen said.
With the present army unit  in Timika, Tamboen said, the TNI would coordinate with the National Police (Polri) to ensure security in the Freeport area, especially after the shooting incident. He said the TNI and Police personnel jointly conducted regular patrols across Papua, especially in areas where separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) elements were active.
At 5:30 a.m. local time on Saturday,  Drew Nicholas Grant (38) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen when he was traveling with other workers, Jhon Biggs, Maju Panjaitan, and Lidan Madandan in a car from Timika to Tembagapura. Grant (38) was shot in the neck and chest. His body was  evacuated to Tembagapura Hospital and  flown back to Australia via Jakarta later on Saturday afternoon.
Similar shooting also recurred on Sunday, wounding several security personnel of PT Freeport when they were patrolling the mining areas. In an attack in the Freeport area in 2002, two American teachers and an Indonesian who worked for the company were also shot dead.

Sumber : Antara


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