Thursday, April 17, 2014

1) Papua merchants close Skouw border market

1) Papua merchants close Skouw border market


1) Papua merchants close Skouw border market

Thu, April 17 2014 20:20 | 365 Views

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - Several merchants in Skouw border market in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea borderline are still closing their shanties due to fear after the shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday (April 16) and Thursday.

The shooting incident by the unknown armed person occurred on Wednesday after the reopening of border fence.

Several traders in Skouw admitted to re-open their shanties in the market on Thursday after closing the market post the previous shooting incident between Indonesian Military soldiers and armed group in the border.

The Wednesday shooting claimed the life of a trader, Herry, who was waiting in his car after being shot in his right hand.

"The Wednesday and Thursday morning shooting incidents forced us to not continue with the trading activities in the market," the coordinator for Skouw Market, Ahmed, stated here on Thursday.

Ahmed cannot assure when the merchants will be ready to re-open their shanties in the market until the situation is safe.

"We cannot assure when they will open the market. It depends on the traders," Ahmed asserted.

The Skouw border market is located 400 meters from neutral zone between the two countries.

The traders hold the market activity three days a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Hundreds of PNG citizens in Sandaun Province cross the border to buy daily needs and electronic devices in the Skouw market.
Editor: Priyambodo RH

Jayapura, 16/4 (Jubi) – A man was injured in a drive-by shooting at the border with Papua New Guinea (PNG) .
The incident occurred on Jl Raya Perbatasan Skouw Wutung at Pembuangan Sampah Baru (new garbage disposal), border market around 13:30. A man named Hery (24), was seriously injured to the right arm after being hit by a bullet fired by an unknown person and.
Hery was evacuated to a hospital in Kotaraja , according to a Papua police spokesman.
“He is a trader at the border market. I don’t know exactly what happened,” Aco, Muaratami resident told on Wednesday (16/4).
Papua police chief Inspector General (Pol) Tito Karnavian said he had not received a detailed report on the incident.
“Now, a police  team is there to investigate the crime scene,” Karnavian said on Wednesday (16/4)
He added, the day before shooting, police conducted a raid and found data from a laptop suspected to belong  to a member of the rebel group led by Matthias Wenda.
“When examined it and  the man fled. In his laptop we found photos and videos of their activities,” he stated on Wednesday (16/4).
This group has approximately 10 firearms and moser. “In video, there were seen approximately 20 to 30 people standing in line,” he said.
The victim is an employee of Nayak shop. When he and his friend, Syamsudin drove passed by garbage dump, a shot was heard. The shot went right where Hery was sitting. They was driving a black pick up with police plate number DS 8407 AD.
Military personnel from Battalion 623/BWU rushed to the location after they heard the shot and sent the victim to Bhayangkara hospital while some of them hunted the perpetrators.

No one has been arrested. (Jubi / Indrayadi TH/ Tina)

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