One policeman dies in shootings in Yahukimo

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Jayapura, Jubi – On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, a gunfight between personnel of the Cartenz Peace Task Force of the Logpon Post and an armed group suspected of being the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) occurred at Kilometer 7 of Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo Regency, Mountainous Papua Province. A policeman died at the scene and some others were injured.

This was confirmed by the Papua Police’s director of General Criminal Investigation, Sr. Comr. Faizal Rahmadani in Jayapura City on Wednesday. “It is true that there was a shooting,” said Faizal.

The Cartenz Peace Task Force personnel who died was Second Brig. Gilang. He died of a gunshot wound to the face. “Gilang was a member of the Mobile Brigade from Bengkulu,” Faizal said.

Another police officer, First Brig. Fauzan, suffered a gunshot wound to the upper left back. Fauzan was evacuated to the Deikai Regional General Hospital on Wednesday night. “Currently the victim is still receiving medical assistance at Dekai Regional Hospital,” said Faizal.

According to Faizal, the shooting occurred after the Cartenz Peace Task Force personnel patrolled around Dekai City and were about to return to Logpon Post. On the way, they were attacked by armed groups suspected of being TPNPB, and then the shooting occurred. (*)

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