Monday, April 9, 2012

4 media reports on attack on aircraft in West Papua


NOTE. The danger of the latest shooting incident is it will result in yet another security operation in the Puncak Jaya region. Many of the military operations in the past have been in  in response to such a shooting incident. None of the media reports below accuse the OPM of the attack , refering to the attackers as gunmen or armed gang.  However, many reports have documented that the security forces create incidents to show that they are needed to counter so called separatism.  The impact of these military operations are creating a traumatized population living in fear. 





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1) After plane attack, SBY tightens security in Papua

2) Police chief condemns deadly shooting in Papua

3) Authorities investigating whether airplane shot by criminals or separatists

4) Airplane shooters intend to halt development in Papua


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http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/04/09/after-plane-attack-sby-tightens-security-papua.html

1) After plane attack, SBY tightens security in Papua

Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 04/09/2012 5:02 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered security forces to intensify and heighten security measures in Papua following the attack on a commercial aircraft by an armed gang at an airport in the country’s easternmost province.
“The Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister [Djoko Suyanto] has reported the incident to the President who was shocked by the report. The attack proved the situation in the region was still unsafe and thus requires a special approach by security authorities,” Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha told reporters at the Presidential Office on Monday.
A Twin Otter plane operated by privately run Trigana Air was attacked on Sunday morning shortly after it touched down at Mulia Airport in the Puncak Jaya regency, killing a journalist and injuring several other people onboard including the pilot and first officer.
The pilot lost control and the plane hit a warehouse.
“We are dealing with armed groups so the security measures must be ‘special’,” Julian said. “Attacks on commercial aircraft are a serious threat,” he added.

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2) Police chief condemns deadly shooting in Papua

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 04/09/2012 4:22 PM
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National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo condemned Sunday’s deadly shooting attack on a commercial plane in Puncak Jaya, Papua, and said an investigation of the case was still ongoing.
“Our personnel in Papua, in cooperation with the military are investigating the case. The investigation is led by the Puncak Jaya police chief,” Timur said on Monday on the sidelines of the Air Force anniversary at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, East Jakarta, as quoted by tribunnews.com.
A Trigana Air plane, registration number of PK-YRF, and with five people on board came under fire when touching down at Mulia Airport, Puncak Jaya, on Sunday morning.
The shooting claimed the life of a passenger identified as Leiron Kogoya, 35, a journalist with the Papua Post of Nabire and injured the four others including the pilot and co-pilot.
Timur said he was still waiting for the investigation’s result and in the meantime he was committed to improving security in the area.
“We have deployed our personnel in some spots in Puncak Jaya especially in the Southern part of Freeport,” he said.
Leiron, who was covering the Puncak Jaya election, was the third fatality in a string of mysterious shooting incidents in the regency this year.
Kismarovit was shot dead on Jan. 20 and Sukarno, a member of the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) police unit, was ambushed on Jan. 28.
The shootings have haunted the regency since 2010, but the authorities have yet to catch any perpetrators. (iwa)
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3) Authorities investigating whether airplane shot by criminals or separatists

Mon, April 9 2012 17:21 | 194 Views
akarta  (ANTARA News) - Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro has said security authorities are continuing to investigate whether gunmen involved in the Sunday airplane shooting in Papua were separatists or criminals.


"We must investigate the shooting incident at Mulia airport in Puncak Jaya (Papua Province). If the perpetrators are separatists, TNI (Indonesian Defense Forces) will deal with them, but if they are criminals, then police will handle them. We are still waiting for the report (from security authorities in Papua) on who committed (the shooting)," Purnomo said at Halim Perdana Kusuma airforce base, here Monday.

The minister noted that TNI has not deployed additional personnel to Papua, but is relying on the existing four battalions of TNI personnel in the Papua border area.

"For the troops from outside, they are only deployed in the border area. We have four battalions in the border area," he said.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Indonesian Air Force, Marshall Imam Sufaat, said he is still waiting for instructions from his superiors to help deal with the airplane shooting in Papua.

"We do have personnel in Biak, Jayapura, Merauke, and Timika. In Biak, Merauke and Timika, we have radar that must be guarded. We can mobilize the personnel any time," he said.

Several people were wounded and one died when a Twin Otter airplane, flight code PK-YRF, was shot at as it was landing at Mulia airport, Puncak Jaya District, Papua Province, Sunday.

Its pilot, Bebi Astekyang, was hit in the leg, while Latoge Kogoya, a reporter of Papua Pos of Nabire, was struck in the neck and died.

Co-pilot Willy was also hit by a bullet fragment in one of his fingers and was unable to control the flight, causing the plane to crash into a building at the airport. The shootings by the armed group left holes in the airplane.
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Editor: Priyambodo RH

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4) Airplane shooters intend to halt development in Papua

Mon, April 9 2012 17:06 | 249 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the Sunday shooting of an airplane by a gang in Papua is an act of terror seeking to stop development in Papua.

"Such a crime must be stopped," Minister Djoko said at Halim Perdanakusuma airbase here on Monday.

The Twin Otter plane belongs to Trigana Air, which has been serving flight routes to remote areas in Papua.

"So far, the (Trigana Air`s) planes have never been disturbed. Trigana has been operating in Papua since I was posted there in the 1990s, and there has never been any disturbance. The planes are used to distribute logistics, such as food and fuel," Djoko said.

The armed group`s members must be investigated and arrested, he added, saying that such a crime must never happen again.

"I don`t care whether the perpetrators are members of OPM (separatist Free Papua Movement) or an armed group. For sure, they have committed a crime against the civilians in Papua and could hamper development in Papua," Djoko said.

The Twin Otter plane, flight code PK-YRF, was shot at as it was landing at Mulia airport, Puncak Jaya, Papua Province, on Sunday. Four people were injured and one killed in the shooting.

Also, the airplane`s pilot, Bebi Astekyang, was hit in the leg, while Latoge Kogoya, a reporter of Papua Pos of Nabire, was struck in the neck and died.

Co-pilot Willy was also hit by a bullet fragment in one of his fingers and was unable to control the flight, causing the plane to crash into a building at the airport.

A woman, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, was also hit in the hand. The shootings by the armed group left holes in the airplane.

"We are still investigating the case. We suspect an armed gang is behind this incident," National Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Boy Rafli Amar said in Jakarta on Sunday. ***1***

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5) Polri deploys police officers in Puncak Jaya after airplane shooting

Mon, April 9 2012 16:59 | 129 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Police (Polri) has deployed officers in Puncak Jaya, particularly in southern PT Freeport area, Papua Province, to apprehend members of an armed group that shot at a Twin Otter airplane on Sunday, killing one passenger.

"All police officers in Papua, with the support of TNI (Indonesian Defense Forces), have taken investigative measures led by Puncak Jaya Police Chief Alek Korwa," Polri Chief General Timur Pradopo said on the sidelines of the commemoration of the 66th anniversary of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) here, Monday.

The general did not mention the exact number of officers being deployed in Puncak Jaya. He said, however, that more officers were being sent to remote areas.

Meanwhile, Puncak Jaya Police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Alek Korwa said in Papua on Sunday that police and military personnel were hunting the unidentified gunmen who shot at a Twin Otter airplane at Mulia airport, Puncak Jaya district, Papua on Sunday morning.

"Security officers are chasing the armed gang members. But we have a problem because they are hiding in a mountainous area near the airport," Alek Korwa said.

Security officers from Papua Police Mobile Brigade and from TNI are hunting the armed gang members, he said.

He noted that security officers and gunmen repeatedly exchanged fire during the chase.

Also, it was reported earlier that five passengers were hit by bullets in the shooting of the Trigana Airlines aircraft in Mulia, capital of Puncak Jaya district.

The Twin Otter plane, with a flight code of PK-YRF, was shot at as it was landing at Mulia airport.

Its pilot, Bebi Astekyang, was hit in the leg, while Latoge Kogoya, a reporter of Papua Pos of Nabire, was hit in the neck and died.

Co-pilot Willy was also hit by a bullet fragment in one of his fingers and was unable to control the flight, causing the plane to crash into a building at the airport.

A woman, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, was also hit in the hand. The shootings by the armed group left holes in the airplane.

"We are still investigating the case. We suspect an armed gang is behind this incident," National Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Boy Rafli Amar said in Jakarta on Sunday..
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Editor: Priyambodo RH


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