1) Shootout occurs in Papua's Nduga during police food drops
Nethy Dharma Somba
Jayapura | Thu, July 12, 2018| 06:24 pm
A shootout between unknown armed assailants and the Police’s elite Mobile Brigade (Brimob) broke out in Nduga regency in Papua on Wednesday.
The incident started when the assailants, who the authorities are referring to as an armed criminal group (KKB), began to open fire at a police helicopter while it was dropping food for Brimob officers deployed at camps near Alguru village to hunt down the people responsible for two shootings in the regency last month, the Papua Police said.
"The helicopter was fired at by the KKB, which already controls Alguru village. The shootout broke out later," Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said on Thursday. ‘’The helicopter is not an attack helicopter, but a chopper used for carrying food drops and evacuation missions.”
No one was injured in the incident in Nduga, he said.
The Brimob platoon, which normally comprises between 30 and 50 personnel, is moving closer to Alguru village as they suspect about four armed groups to have fled to the village following the two attacks at Kenyam Airport in June.
On June 25, a rented commercial Twin Otter aircraft carrying election material and police personnel was fired at by unidentified assailants shortly after it landed at Kenyam. The pilot suffered a gunshot wound to his back, and three residents died allegedly in an ensuing firefight between the gunmen and security personnel.
The incident came only three days after another Twin Otter carrying 16 passengers from an airport in Mimika regency was fired on when it landed at Kenyam. The co-pilot suffered shrapnel wounds to his ankle. (ipa)
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2) Police and Armed Forces Back Baku Shoot in Papua
Martahan Sohuturon, CNN Indonesia | Thursday, 12/07/2018 16:26 WIB
Jakarta, CNN - Shootings between police and armed groups resumed in Nduga, Papua on Wednesday (11/7).
Head of Public Relations (Head of Public Relations) Papua Police Commissioner Ahmad Mustofa Kamal shootout occurred for one hour since at 16.00 WIT after police helicopter that transported food items shot by KKB first.
"The helicopter shipped food at some point where Brimob personnel were present at 4 pm and there was a shoot back on the helicopter, causing shoot-out between Brimob personnel and KKB (armed criminal groups)," Kamal said in a written statement on Thursday (12/7).
See also: Brimob Member shot in Papua Brought to Jakarta
He stated that the shots were not started by police officers who were in helicopters, let alone bombing.
According to him, helicopters only carry food supplies to Brimob personnel who are in charge of maintaining security in Nduga and evacuate Brimob personnel who became victims of shootings some time ago.
"Ascertained in the event yesterday there was no shooting from helicopter to KKB, let alone bombing," he said.
The situation in Nduga has been tense in recent weeks. Beginning on Thursday (12/6) where a series of shootings occurred Election of Governor (Pilgub) of Papua. Police officers also pursued KKB in Nduga related to the shooting of the plane and the killing of three civilians and the child abuse.
See also: Baku Shoot Happens Again in Papua, Injured Brimob Evacuated
Then, on Friday (22/6), the shooting occurred against Timon airplane Dimonim Air with the captain of Gunaria Gunawa with co-pilot Irena Nur Fadila carrying 17 personnel from Brimob for security of Pigub Papua.
As a result of this incident Irena's right ankle was hit by bullets and the front of the plane hit by a shot.
Then the shooting took place again on Monday (25/6), KKB shooting aircraft Twin Otter Trigana Air PK-YRU route Wamena-Keneyam, which brings 15 members of Brimob assistance at Keneyam Airport. In addition, the shooting also occurred which resulted in three civilians died and one child was seriously injured.
The shooting occurred on Friday (6/7) when Brimob personnel carried out security at Keneyam Airport. As a result of the incident members of the Brimob Pioneer First Regiment, Bharada Rafindo Refli Sagala suffered gunshot wounds.
Java and Sumatra contribute ~80 percent to the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP).
Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Indonesia needs breakthrough policies for reducing the development disparity between its western and eastern regions. If not, social and political conflicts would occur in the provinces as evidenced by the historical existence of separatist rebellions in the region. This is according to Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
Delivering his speech to mark the opening of the two-day Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/7), the Vice President stressed the importance of local governments making breakthroughs for regional development. The VP argued that developing the provinces, notably the most ‘backward’ ones, is not the responsibility of the central government only but also the task of provincial governments as stipulated by existing regional autonomy laws, as reported by Kompas daily. The businessman-turned politician hails from South Sulawesi, one of the most developed areas in eastern Indonesia.
Although not specially naming the bold programs introduced by the current government, Jusuf Kalla was perceived as referring to the government’s large-scale infrastructure development carried out in various provinces, including in remote areas in Papua. Currently, a previously unimaginable railway project is being carried out in the country’s easternmost, resource-rich area.
Attending the IDF were a number of cabinet ministers, East Java Governor Sukarwo and 42 districts heads and city mayors from across Indonesia. Also presence were civil society leaders, academia and private sector leaders. Speakers included government officials and experts from Indonesian and Australian universities. The Ministry of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) hosted the IDF with support from the Australian government and other development partners.
The meeting’s key discussion topics included regional growth centers, narrowing the gaps at the periphery, delivering basic services to reduce regional disparity, connecting the archipelago, and innovation in local government and development.
Bappenas Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro explained in the forum the progress Indonesia had made to reduce development gaps in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. According to the minister, economic growth over the past two decades had concentrated in western provinces namely in Java and Sumatra. As a result, Minister Bambang said, those areas contributed a combined ~80 percent to the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP). Out of the 80 percent, 58 percent was from Java while the remaining 22 percent derived from Sumatra.
Minister Bambang explained that the government had designed plans to develop six regions outside Java and Sumatra into ‘new economic centers’ until 2045. They will be homes to processing and manufacturing industries that will turn out textiles and automotive products, the minister said. The six regions are Papua, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, and Maluku.
Meanwhile, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara said in the forum that infrastructure development was not enough for those eastern regions. Internet system must be built in all the areas although installing optic cables in archipelagic zones is quite difficult work, he said.
About Leo Jegho Leo Jegho is a Jakarta-based journalist and GIV Senior Correspondent.