Police officer securing Papua regional head election found dead

Police officer securing Papua regional head election found dead

Chief of Indonesian Police General Tito Karnavian. (ANTARA / Reno Esnir)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Chief of Indonesian Police General Tito Karnavian confirmed that his side had found one of the missing personnel following a shootout with an armed criminal group in Torere District, Puncak Regency, Wednesday (June 27).

However, police officer named Brigadier Sinton Kabarek, who is part of the Puncak Jaya Police Bhayangkara Samaptha, was found dead.

"We found him dead in Mamberamo River. It is far from the location of the shootout," he noted at the Kalibata Cemetery Park, Jakarta, on Monday.

Meanwhile, police officer identified as Second Police Inspector Jesayas H. Nusi still remains missing.

According to Karnavian, Kabarek and Nusi plunged into the Mamberamo River when they were shot at by the Melodi Enumbi and Terinus Enumbi groups. They were both delivering the logistics for the Regional Head Election to Torere, Papua Province, along with a priest and Chief of Torere District Obaja Froaro aboard two fast boats.

In the incident, Froaro was shot dead, while the pastor and two policemen are missing.

With the discovery of the body of Brigadier Kabarek, the police are still on the lookout for Nusi and the priest.

Reported by Anita Permata Dewi
(T.KR-TQA/INE)
(T.SYS/B/KR-BSR/A014)

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