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Army to clamp down on illegal goods flow on Papua highway

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Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – The Indonesian army will secure the 575-kilometer Transpapua section of the Jayapura-Wamena highway in Papua province to halt the flow of illegal goods, including drugs and liquor, a top military officer said.

“The army personnel are ready to secure the Jayapura-Wamena highway. TNI has 16 security posts along this Transpapua road section,” Commander of the 172/Praja Wira Yakthi Regional Military Command, Brig.Gen.Izak Pangemanan, said.

Speaking to local journalists after meeting with the Jayapura National Road Construction Agency (BPJN) officials on Wednesday, he said the surveillance operation would also involve personnel from the Indonesia-PNG Border Security Task Force.

“In carrying out the operation, the soldiers will thoroughly check the cargo of vehicles passing through the Jayapura-Wamena highway to make sure that drivers do not carry illegal goods,” he said.

Head of the BPJN-Jayapura Office, Edu Sasarari, said he has requested the assistance of the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) for securing 320 kilometers of the Jayapura-Wamena highway, which is under his office’s responsibility.

Along this road section, there are six TNI-AD security posts, he informed. (INE)

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