Jayapura, Jubi – Head of Sinak District Petrus Kogoya informed about a shooting allegedly carried out by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) led by Kalenak Murib against an employee of the Sinak Branch Office of the Papua Regional Development Bank (BPD) named Darius Yumame. The victim died of a gunshot wound to the head.
“On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 09:30 Papua time, at the Sinak Traditional Market (53M) in Gigobak Village, TPNPB troops led by Kalenak Murib shot Darius Yumame,” he told Jubi in a phone call on Tuesday, December 13, 2022.
Kogoya said the victim had been evacuated to the Sinak Health Center and his party was still coordinating with the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Police.
“It is still raining heavily in Sinak, therefore the evacuation process is constrained by the weather. The residents are in their homes standing by,” he said.
Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal confirmed the shooting that occurred in Sinak Market, Puncak Regency, Central Papua Province on December 13. According to him, a bank employee in Sinak, Darius Julius Yumame (32) died on the spot with a gunshot wound to the head.
“The incident is true. The Puncak Police are currently handling the case,” Kamal said.
According to him, Yumame’s body has been evacuated by a joint TNI and Police team to the Sinak Health Center, Puncak Regency. The joint forces with the Cartenz Peace Operation Task Force are now investigating the case and pursuing the shooters.
Kamal asked residents in Sinak to remain calm. “We appeal to the public to remain calm and maintain a conducive situation in Puncak Regency. The case is being handled by the security forces,” he said. (*)