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Armed criminal group member dies in gunfight with soldiers

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Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Cendrawasih Regional Military Command XVII Commander Maj. Gen. Ignatius Yogo Triyono confirmed a member of armed criminal group in Itan Jaya, Papua, died in a gunfight with the Banteng/Raiders Infantry Battalion 400 (Yonif 400/BR) soldiers.

Triyono confirmed here on Thursday that a gunfight had, in fact, occurred at around 5 a.m. local time on Wednesday that resulted in the death of an armed criminal group member identified as Peria Mirib.

The Yonif 400/BR soldiers also seized a cellular phone and a handy talky (HT) device believed to be used for communication among members of the armed criminal group, he noted.

Soldiers of the Indonesian military are still conducting a clean-up operation around the scene of the gunfight, he stated.

The Yonif 400/BR soldiers were sent to Intan Jaya to join a vulnerable region securing the task force.

According to data, three Yonif 400/BR soldiers were killed in two gunfights with the armed criminal group since early this year.
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Source of Armed criminal group news : ANTARA NEWS


Located on the western half of the island of New Guinea and long racked by a simmering violent separatist insurgency, Papua encompasses Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces.

A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.

Since the democratization in 1998, especially since 2007, democracy by mean of elections has been introduced to increase political participation in Papua and West Papua. The fact that the leaders of Papua and West Papua provinces are democratically elected by the people has strengthened the legality of West Papua as a province of Indonesia.

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