Civilian Wounded in Papua Border Shooting

Members of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI). (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

By : Banjir Ambarita | on 5:40 PM April 16, 2014
Category : News, Crime

Members of the Indonesian military have been deployed to Papua in great number in the past decade. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana) Members of the Indonesian military. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

Jayapura. An armed group in Papua fired on a border post between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, injuring one civilian, Indonesian officials said on Wednesday.

Papua Police spokesman Sr.Cmr. Pujo Sulistyo said the incident took place at around 1 p.m local time.

"There was a disturbance from an armed civilian group at the Skouw Wutung Border," Pujo said. "A civilian who was passing was shot."

Indonesian Military (TNI) spokesman Lt.Col. Rikas Hidayatullah said Indonesia and Papua New Guinea opened the border after it was closed for several weeks as a precautionary measure during Indonesia's legislative elections.

He said Heri, 20, was shot in the arm while sitting in the passenger seat of a car driving past the border.

Pujo added that police and military officers as well as Papua New Guinea military personnel tried to catch the perpetrators but they escaped into the forest.

"Armed groups often conduct operations at the border," Pujo said.

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