Ambon, Maluku (ANTARA) - The coffin of fallen soldier, Master Private M. Alif Nur Angkotasan, who died in a machete attack by Papuan terrorists in Yahukimo, Tuesday, arrived at the Pattimura International Airport in Ambon, Maluku, on Thursday morning.

The coffin was transported by Lion Air's Flight JT 880 and was received by Brig. Gen. Heri Sapari from the XVI Pattimura regional military command during a military procession.

The fallen hero's wife, Dalimahu Talaohu, and several members of the mourning family, were seen attending the military procession.

Thereafter, tens of Indonesian military personnel transported the coffin to Tulehu Village in Salahutu Sub-district. From Tulehu Village, the casket was carried by Maluku Police's patrol vessel to Pelauw Village for burial.

M. Alif Nur Angkotasan was attacked by tens of armed Papuan separatists while he was safeguarding the construction process of Dekai Airport's security fencing system along with another soldier named 2nd Private Ardi Yudi Ardianto on Tuesday.

The coffin of 2nd Private Ardi Yudi Ardianto was transported to Malaka Tengah Sub-district, Malaka District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, for burial.

Over the course of the past five months, Papua has borne the brunt of a string of violent attacks by armed separatist terrorist groups targeting security personnel and innocent civilians in districts, such as Puncak, Intan Jaya, Yahukimo, and Pegunungan Bintang.

The armed groups often employ hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel while unleashing acts of terror against civilians to trigger fear among the people.

Ojek drivers, teachers, students, and street food vendors, among others, have fallen victims to their terror acts. Civilian aircraft too have been the targets of such attacks.

On January 6, 2021, at least 10 armed separatist terrorists vandalized and torched a Quest Kodiak aircraft belonging to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) on the Pagamba village airstrip.

On February 8, 2021, a 32-year-old man was shot at close range in Bilogai Village, Sugapa Sub-district.

The victim, identified as RNR, sustained gunshot wounds on the face and right shoulder and was moved to the Timika Public Hospital in Mimika District on February 9, 2021.

In a separate incident on February 9, six armed Papuans fatally stabbed a motorcycle taxi (ojek) driver.

Another motorcycle taxi driver was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Papua the same day.

On April 8, 2021, several armed Papuan rebels opened fire at a kiosk in Julukoma Village, Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District, killing a Beoga public elementary school teacher, identified as Oktovianus Rayo.

After killing Rayo, the armed attackers torched three classrooms at the Beoga public senior high school.

On April 9, 2021, armed separatists fatally shot another teacher, Yonatan Randen, on the chest.

Two days later, nine classrooms at the Beoga public junior high school were set ablaze by an armed group.

Barely four days later, Ali Mom, a student of the Ilaga public senior high school in Beoga Sub-district, was brutally killed by armed attackers.

On April 25, 2021, Papuan separatists, operating in Beoga, ambushed State Intelligence Agency (Papua) Chief I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha and several security personnel during their visit to Dambet Village. Nugraha died in the attack.

This week, the armed Papuan terrorists again launch their deadly acts of terrorism by ambushing 12 soldiers in Pegunungan Bintang District, causing four of the army personnel to suffer leg injuries, and claimed the lives of M. Alif Nur Angkotasan and Ardi Yudi Ardianto -- two members of Indonesia's elite unit of Army Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad). Related news: Attackers of 12 soldiers likely from Lamek Taplo-led group: military
Related news: Armed criminal group member dies in gunfight with soldiers


Translator: J.Ayal, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Suharto
Copyright © ANTARA 2021