Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Police Headquarters denied on Monday that a Twin Otter aircraft carrying Papua Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw was shot at during its flight to Puncak Jaya District earlier in the day.

"The aircraft was not shot at during flight. The truth is that they heard the sounds of firearms," Chief of the Public Information Division at the National Police Headquarters Senior Commissioner Suharsono noted.

Suharsono said the pilot informed him that the Trigana aircraft was not fired upon. He also remarked that the aircraft was intact.

Inspector General Waterpauw, accompanied by Puncak Jaya District Head Willem Wandik and some officials of the Papua Provincial Police, left for Sinak in Puncak Jaya aboard a Trigana Twin Otter aircraft to review the security situation in the wake of an attack on the Sinak police precinct on Sunday night.

Three police officers were killed, and two others sustained bullet injuries during the attack.

The attackers also took away seven firearms of AK-47 and SS types belonging to the police.

Editor: Ade P Marboen
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