Jayapura, Jubi – As of Monday, March 13, 2023, the Yahukimo Police has detained one person suspected of being involved in the shooting of a Trigana Air plane type B 373-500 when landing and taking off at Nop Goliat Dekai Airport on Saturday, March 11.
Spokesperson of Papua Police Comr. Ignatius Benny Ady Prabowo said police arrested seven people suspected of being linked to the shooting. However, a total of six other residents were declared not involved in the shooting and have been released. Meanwhile, a resident named EG (23) is still in detention.
Benny said EG was suspected of being involved with the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB). “One person is still in detention because of his known involvement in the TPNPB XVI group led by Kopi Tua Heluka, the Yamue Battalion,” Benny said.
According to Benny, EG is still being further examined by investigators to reveal who are the masterminds and perpetrators of the plane shooting. He also said that joint forces of Indonesian Military (TNI) and police continued to secure Nop Goliat Dekai Airport.
On Saturday, a Trigana Air plane with call sign PK-YSC was shot four times when it was about to land, and shot five times when it was taking off from Nop Goliat Dekai Airport. Police then announced the arrest of seven suspects, with evidence in the form of three motorcycles, one bow, one arrow, one knife, one sickle, and one bayonet. (*)