A Trigana Air plane carrying police personnel was shot at by unknown gunmen upon landing at Sinak, Papua. (AFP Photo/Bima Sakti)

Second Sinak Shooting Targets Plane Carrying Brimob Officers


DECEMBER 28, 2015

Jakarta. Unknown gunmen on Monday attacked an aircraft carrying a team of officers led by Papua Police chief Ins. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw in Papua's Sinak subdistrict, less than 24 hours after a similar assault on a local police station.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Semmy Ronny Thabaa, chief of the Jayawijaya District Police, told state news agency Antara that the Twin Otter airplane operated by Trigana was forced to return to Wamena city after being shot at upon landing in Sinak at 10.15 a.m. local time.

Paulus, who was leading a joint team that included 30 officers from the Mobile Brigade (Brimob), was scheduled to visit Sinak subdistrict's police precinct in Papua's Puncak district, which had been attacked by a barrage of gunfire on Sunday night.

The group also planned to retrieve the bodies of the three police officers killed in the incident and transport them to Jayapura. The shooting injured a fourth officer, who is now being treated at the Sinak Military Command.

The murdered officers have been identified as First. Brig. Ridho, Second. Brig. Arman and Second Brig. Ilham.

During Sunday's incident, the assailants stole seven assault riffles and a crate of ammunition, before fleeing when dozens of soldiers from a nearby military station arrived as back-up.

The attack came ahead of President Joko Widodo's visit to Papua, which has seen low level insurgency against Indonesian security officials since Indonesia annexed the resource-rich province in the 1960s.

Joko is scheduled to travel to Merauke  on the province's border with Papua New Guinea  on Tuesday and Wamena in the central highland area on Wednesday, before traveling to neighboring West Papua province.

As of Monday morning there has not been any changes to the president's planned visit, said Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin.

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