OPM blamed for Papua Police Shooting

by Jakarta Globe - The district police chief in Paniai, Papua said investigators had narrowed their search for suspects after the fatal shooting of a police officer at a local airport.

Police chief Adj. Sri. Comr. Anthon Diantje said the police believed the attack was carried out by a Free Papua Organization (OPM) group led by John Yogi, Antara state news agency reported.

The attack occurred on Tuesday morning when Brig. Yohan Kasiwaitouw was fatally shot by an unidentified assailant at West Papua’s Enarotali Airport in Paniai.
The police suggested the Free Papua Organization (OPM) behind the attack, but they had not previously mentioned a specific group.

Yohan was shot while he was washing a car at around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The assailants came and left on a speedboat, as the airport borders the sea.

Yohan is scheduled to arrive in the provincial capital of Jayapura on Thursday for burial by his family.


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