Friday, January 1, 2016

1) Armed groups stole 32 firearms from police

2) President: Papua’s Rail-Link to Start from Sorong  

1) Armed groups stole 32 firearms from police

Jumat, 1 Januari 2016 21:03 WIB | 400 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Armed groups in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua have stolen 32 firearms of different types from the police in 2014 and 2015, a senior police officer stated.

The firearms included 10 AKs, 15 SS 1s, and five pistols, Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw stated on Friday.

Most of the weapons were taken away from police officers stationed in the provinces hinterland, he remarked.

While the number of attacks on police posts has declined, the number of firearms stolen by armed groups was on the rise, he pointed out.

Late last year, a group of unidentified people attacked the Sinak police precinct in the province, killing three police officers and leaving two others injured.  

The attackers also took away seven firearms of different types and several rounds of ammunition.(*)


FRIDAY, 01 JANUARY, 2016 | 20:20 WIB
2) President: Papua’s Rail-Link to Start from Sorong  

TEMPO.COJakarta-President Joko Widodo said on Friday, January 1, 2016, that the construction of the Papuan rail is likely to begin from Sorong in West Papua, later on in the year.
"We had just officiated a rail-link in Sulawesi, and this year its' Papua's turn," said President Jokowi - as he is known - at a meet-and-greet with local residents of Kais District in South Sorong, West Papua.
The President said that although he had said that the feasibility study for Papua's rail-link will be done within a year, it turns out that the study will take more than one year to complete. "That said, this is a minor hurdle - as long as we can build a rail-link in Papua," he said. "The project is likely to begin in Sorong, so I hope other areas won't get too jealous."
Furthermore, President Jokowi also reiterated his Administration's target of connecting all areas across Papua by 2018, through the construction of roads. "Hopefully, we could commence all of these projects - including the rail-link - sometime in 2016," he said.
President Joko Widodo had spent the last four days touring Papua - starting from Merauke, Wamena, Nduga, Timika, Rajaampat, and Sorong. "The more I visit Papua, the more I realise that Papua is indeed a little slice of heaven on earth," he said.
In the visit to Sorong, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo also visited a sago production planed owned by state forestry firm PT Perhutani in Kais District, South Sorong, where he toured and saw the way sago is processed into food, which he hopes would bring benefits for local residents.

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