Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Two teachers along two health workers and their two toddlers were evacuated from Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District, Papua Province, on Wednesday afternoon, over security reasons.

They boarded a Smart Air plane that took off from the sub-district's airport to head for Timika, the capital of Mimika District, at about 3:10 p.m. local time.

The evacuation is aimed at helping them recover from a traumatic event linked to the fatal shootings of two teachers, Beoga Police Chief 2nd Inspector Ali Akbar stated.

The small-bodied aircraft did not carry food supplies, Akbar told ANTARA on Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Maria, a resident of Beoga, remarked that the availability of food stocks, especially rice, had run low in the sub-district's area.

Hence, Maria noted that she and the other residents had begun cutting down their food intake whilst awaiting their evacuation from Beoga to help lower their anxiety.

"I do hope to soon be evacuated from Beoga for the time being," according to Maria, who admitted to being a contract worker during her stay in the sub-district.

On April 8, 2021, several armed Papuan criminals opened fire at a kiosk in Julukoma Village at about 9:30 a.m. local time.

The shooting incident resulted in the death of a Beoga public elementary school teacher, Oktovianus Rayo.

After killing Rayo, the armed attackers continued their acts of terror by torching three classrooms of the Beoga public senior high school.

On Friday (April 9), the armed Papuan criminals again assaulted another teacher, Yonatan Randen. This junior high school teacher was shot on his chest.

Several villagers attempted to save Randen's life by moving him to the Beoga public health center, but he died.

On Sunday evening (April 11), the armed criminals set ablaze nine classrooms of the Beoga public junior high school.

Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius D. Fakhiri has vowed to trace and crack down on the killers of these two teachers.

"The TNI (Indonesian military) and police personnel will never retreat even a single step in enforcing the law against the killers," Fakhiri stated in Timika on Tuesday.

Fakhiri emphasized that the law enforcement units will make persistent efforts to trace and crack down on the killers of the two teachers. Related news: Military, police posts in Beoga accommodate 42 displaced residents
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Translator: Evarukdijati, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto
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