Three witnesses questioned over Puncak shooting

Three witnesses questioned over Puncak shooting

Manus Murib, who survived the shooting in Puncak district's hinterland, was taken to Timika for treatment on Saturday (November 21, 2020). (ANTARA/HO/pihak ketiga)

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Police have questioned three witnesses in the November 20, 2020 shooting in Puncak district, Papua province, which left one 16-year-old student dead and another injured.

Two of the witnesses questioned were district heads, chief of the Puncak district police, Adjunct Senior Commissioner Decky Saragih informed on Tuesday.

He said police are yet to identify the perpetrators of the fatal shooting incident in Puncak district's hinterland.

Manus Murib, who was injured in the attack and is being treated at the Timika general hospital, had told police the shooters were dressed in black vests and helmets, he added.

Atanius Murib, the 16-year-old student who was killed in the shooting, has been buried in his hometown, Saragih informed.

His body was evacuated on Monday (November 23, 2020), he said.

Saragih had revealed earlier that Manus Murib survived the shooting after pretending to be dead. Prior to his evacuation to Timika, he had told police that he and Atanius Murib were attacked on their way to Agandume subdistrict.

The two students were shot from a height in a jungle between Agandume and Dume subdistricts. Their attackers climbed down to check the victims and took a photo of them before leaving the crime scene, Saragih said.

After making sure his attackers had left, Manus Murib sought help from residents of Jakimaki village, he added. A priest and several villagers carried Murib to the Ilaga health center for treatment.

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