Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - The chief of Papuas Regional Police Command had deployed reinforcements to Lanny Jaya following a recent attack by an armed civilian group in the district that claimed the lives of two police officers.

"The forces will be increased to search for the armed civilian group members," the commands chief Brigadier General Yotje Mende said here on Tuesday.

Papua Regional Police Command deputy chief Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw was reported on Tuesday leading the forces to Tiom in Lanny Jaya by plane.

Yotje said that although additional forces had been sent to Lanny Jaya, no emergency status had been imposed in Indiwa where the incident had occurred.

"I did not say that Lanny Jaya is under the highest alert status. There is not such status, as it has been implemented for a long time," he said.

He however said that the police would not surrender to their actions. "We will chase them and track them down," he remarked.

He said the special team that had been sent to the district was still at the scene of the incident. "We have sent a special team and they are still on location," he added.

First Brigade Zulkifli Ardianto and Second Brigade Prayogo had died in the shootout while visiting the region for a community service program.

Reported by Musa Abubar

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