Police arrest civil servant in Nduga for alleged illegal arms trade

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Dozens of ammunition belonging to the Paniai Police Station when they were about to be taken to the 99 Pospol in the Baya Biru District were seized by officers at Nabire airport, Papua, Saturday (19/3/2022). ANTARA/HO-Police Nabire/aa.

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Yalimo Police arrested AM, a Nduga-based civil servant, on Wednesday night, June 29, 2022, in Elelim, Yalimo Regency. The police caught AM possessing with him 615 rounds of ammunition of various calibers and one self-assembled firearm suspected to be supplied to the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) under the leadership of Egianus Kogoya.

“It’s true, there has been an arrest of a civil servant from Nduga Regency who is suspected of being a supplier of ammunition to the armed group in Nduga,” said the director of the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Papua Police, Sr. Comr. Faizal Rahmadani on Thursday, as quoted by Antara.

Faizal said the Yalimo Police arrested AM after they suspected him of riding a motorcycle. He was stopped and checked, and it turned out he was carrying 615 rounds of ammunition of various calibers and an assembled FN pistol. AM has now been brought to Wamena for further investigation because he is part of the Nduga armed group.

The police will continue the investigations to uncover the group’s network and reveal the origin of the ammunition. Moreover, there are indications that the TPNPB is currently running out of ammunition. “We’re not yet sure but we suspect hundreds of the ammunition came from outside Yalimo and purchased for Rp 200,000 per item,” said Faizal. (*)

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