Police to chase armed group members in Lanny Jaya

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Papuas regional police command chief Brigadier General Yotje Mende said here on Tuesday that the police would chase the armed civilian groups that had attacked police personnel in Lanny Jaya on Monday.

"We will continue chasing them. As the chief of regional police command, I will never surrender to the demands of the armed criminal groups," he said.

He said he had also asked the TNI (military) to assist in the effort.

Yotje Mende meanwhile had claimed that the armed group involved was led by Puron Wenda.

Based on data the police had gathered, the group was led by Puron Wenda and Enem Wanimbo.

"It is the group of Puron Wenda and Enem Wanimo we are now tracking down. Legal actions will be taken against them," he added.

First Brigadier Zulkifli and Second Brigadier Prayoga had died during a shootout with members of the armed civilian groups in Indiwa in the district of Lanny Jaya on Monday.

Two other police personnel meanwhile had sustained wounds in the incident.

The police members were carrying out a community counseling program when they were attacked leading to a shootout.

Reported by Musa Abubar