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44 People Died in Papua Due to Shooting Throughout 2021

Papuan Police Chief Mathius Fakiri reported that as many as 44 people died as a result of gunfights with armed criminal groups (KKB) in several locations in Papua throughout 2021. (Photo: http://www.tribratanewspapua.id)

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia — A total of 44 people were reported to have died as a result of gunfire with armed criminal groups (KKB) aka terrorist separatist groups in several locations in Papua throughout 2021.

“It is true that out of the 92 shooting cases that occurred, 44 people died, 15 of them were members of the TNI-Polri,” said Papuan Police Chief Inspector General Mathius Fakhiri in a year-end statement in Jayapura, Thursday (23/12).

He admitted that shooting cases involving KKB had increased compared to 2020, which recorded 49 cases. In 2021 there will be 92 cases or an increase of 87.75 percent.

The cases involving the KKB occurred at seven police stations, namely Mimika Police, Intan Jaya, Puncak, Yahukimo, Bintang Mountains, Nduga and Keerom Police.

From the available data, it was revealed that during that period 18 civilians died and 11 KKB were reported dead.

In the future, said the Kapolda, his members have been ordered not to pursue them for various reasons.

“If members give chase, it is likely to cause casualties and weapons so that they strengthen their weapons (KKB),” explained Fakhiri.

The Papuan police chief hopes that in the future the shootings carried out by the KKB will be reduced, even if they are no longer happening until Papua is truly a “land of peace”.

Moreover, later the police assigned to the area will be local native children so that they can make the area safe from KKB disturbances.

“Currently there are 1,999 members of the National Police for the noken program financed by special autonomy funds and they will be returned to the sending area,” said Papuan Police Chief Inspector General Pol Fakhiri.

(Antara/wis)

Source: CNN Indonesia

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