Thursday, October 18, 2012

1) Live bomb found in Wamena


1) Live bomb found in Wamena


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1) Live bomb found in Wamena

The Jayawijaya Police said on Wednesday that they found a 3-kilogram bomb in Abusa hamlet, Kurulu District, Jayawijaya, after a number of recent bombings in Wamena.

“From our investigation, the suspects said that there were around 20 kilograms of bombs across Wamena. So far, we have found 5 kilograms, so there are still many bombs left out there,” said Papua Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. I Gede Sumerta in Jayapura on Wednesday.

In September, a bomb blast rocked a room of the Jayawijaya Legislative Council, followed by another explosion at a police post.

The police so far have detained 10 suspects and they are still pursuing an additional five more suspects. Previously, the police discovered a bomb in Honai Lama.

“The 10 suspects violated the Law No. 21/1951 on Possession of Explosive Materials, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison,” said Sumerta, adding that the bombs were transported from Biak.

“It was also revealed that the gang had plans of bombing a number of regions across Papua on the same date and the Wamena bombings were just the beginning of the Papua bombing [campaign],” added Adj. Sr. Comr. Parlin Silitonga, head of the Papua Police’s Crime Unit.

Parlin went on to say that one suspect in the Wamena bombing was allegedly involved in a murder in Jayapura on August, which left four people dead.
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Posted at 16:34 on 18 October, 2012 UTC
There are reports of an intensifying sweep operation in Papua by Indonesia’s security forces in pursuit of pro-independence activists from the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB.
Security chiefs say they are searching for those behind an alleged bomb plot in Jayawijaya Regency.
Johnny Blades reports
“Security forces have been concentrating their raids on the Highlands town of Wamena. Emerging ground reports say that many residents have fled to the remote villages surrounding Wamena, pursued by military in combination with the counter-terror unit Detachment 88 and Brimob paramilitary officers. A number of KNPB activists are understood to have been arrested, and the situation around Wamena is described as tense. Local church leaders accuse the security forces of engineering conditions to justify eliminating Papuan civil resistance. This comes as Papuans plan to commemorate next week’s first anniversary of the Third Papuan People’s Congress when at least three Papuans were killed and many injured when security forces broke up the peaceful Jayapura gathering.”

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