Mulia police chief shot dead in Papua

Mulia police chief shot dead in Papua

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Mulia Sector Police Chief Adjunct Commissioner D Awes was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Mulia airport, Papua Province, on Monday at 11.30 am local time.

Adjunct Commissioner Awes was shot in his head and his body was now at Mulia Hospital, according to informed sources here Monday.

Senior Commissioner Wachyono, a spokesman of the Provincial Papua Police, however, said he had not yet received a report about the fatal shooting.

Until Monday noon, security forces and an armed group exchanged fire in a mountainous area.

Meanwhile, police said ten people were involved in the fatal shooting of three Freeport Indonesia employees in Papua recently.

"Based on information from witnesses, the perpetrators were 10 in number and carried two rifles," the head of the National Police`s public relations division, Inspector General Anton Bachrul Alam said in Jakarta on October 21,2011.

Aloysius Margono, a company driver, was shot and died at Mile 38 while on the way to Mile 40, he said.

"When he reached Mile 38 the victim was shot by an unknown person from the right hand side," he said.

Fifteen minutes later at Mile 39, two other people were shot in or near their homes. One of the victims had tried to save himself by fleeing but was shot in the back while the other was hit in the head, Anton said.

"Eto was hit in the back and Yunus in the head. The two come from outside the region and live in Timika," he said.

Anton said the police found 5.56 milimeter casings believed to be from XX1 or M16 bullets and 7.62 millimeter caliber believed from AK67 bullets at the scene.

"Right now the police along with the TNI (military) totaling four units are hunting down the perpetrators," he said.