Officers chase perpetrators of Papua shooting incident: Minister

"We have firmly stated to all parties that we are not afraid of such terror acts. Such incidents also occur in advanced countries, including the United States," Pandjaitan said.
Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA News) - Security officers are chasing the perpetrators who shot down the construction workers in Papua, according to Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

"We have firmly stated to all parties that we are not afraid of such terror acts. Such incidents also occur in advanced countries, including the United States," Pandjaitan remarked here on Wednesday.

According to the minister, the government is coordinating with the Indonesian Military and Police to chase down the perpetrators.

Pandjaitan noted that the security officers were ready to secure the people from acts of violence.

Earlier, at least four workers engaged in the construction of the Trans Papua Highway in Puncak Jaya District were shot dead after the armed group attacked the area on Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. local time.

The perpetrators also set ablaze an excavator and a bulldozer of PT Modern.

Chief of the Puncak Jaya Resort Police Senior Commissioner Adjunct Marcelis confirmed the incident that occurred in Agenggen Village of Sinak Sub-district, Puncak Jaya District.

"We affirm that the workers of PT Modern were the victims of a shooting incident. I was in Mulia. The shootout was led by the Yambi group," Marcelis revealed.

The workers who died in the shooting attack are Anis, Andi, Daud, and David.(*)

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