Tenius Gwijangge-led terrorist group likely used six firearms: police

Tenius Gwijangge-led terrorist group likely used six firearms: police

A police officer inspects the site where two construction workers were killed by armed Papuan terrorists on Sunday (Aug 22, 2021). ANTARA/HO/Papua Police Public Relations

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Tenius Gwijangge-led terrorist group whose members killed two construction workers of PT Indo Mulia Baru in Yahukimo district, Papua province on Sunday may have used six firearms, a police officer said.

Two of the six firearms were 5.56 millimeter caliber SS1-V1 rifles, head of the Nemangkawi Task Force's law enforcement team, Senior Commissioner Faisal Rahmadani, said here on Tuesday.

The two assault rifles that were equipped with Trijicon, or optical sighting devices, may belong to the 423 Infantry Battalion (Airborne) of Army's Strategic Reserves Command (Kostrad), he said.

"Due to the 'Trijicon', the shooters could maintain their precision," he said, adding that the four other firearms used by the Tenius Gwijangge-led group could not yet be identified.

The terrorist group launched a deadly attack on several construction workers of PT Indo Mulia Baru, who were responsible for erecting a bridge on Brazza River in Yahukimo district, on Sunday.

Two workers, identified as Rionaldo Ratu Roma, and Dedi Imam Pamungkas, died in the attack. The attackers also set their bodies and their pick-up truck on fire, said police.

Members of the terrorist group also attacked several personnel from the Indonesian Police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) unit when they went to the site of the shooting to evacuate the deceased workers, Rahmadani said.

Four Brimob personnel sustained minor injuries, he said, adding that several construction workers were evacuated to Dekai, the capital of Yahukimo district, for safety reasons.

Papua has been reeling from armed violence over the past few years. In April this year, two teachers were killed by armed Papuan terrorists.

The first killing occurred on April 8, 2021, when several armed attackers opened fire at a kiosk in Julukoma village, Beoga sub-district, Puncak district.

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

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

On April 9, 2021, separatist terrorists reportedly shot another teacher, Yonatan Randen, on the chest.

Several villagers tried to save the junior high school teacher and rushed him to the Beoga public health center, but he succumbed to his injuries.

On April 11, 2021, armed terrorists reportedly set nine classrooms at the Beoga public junior high school ablaze.

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