Papua Military Weigh Up Bomb Attack, No New Troops Deployed

Papua Military Weigh Up Bomb Attack, No New Troops Deployed
, 7 December 2010

 

By: Markus Junianto Sihaloho

 

Despite increasing tension in Papua following the bombing of a military officer's house, the Army announced on Tuesday that it was not planning to deploy additional troops to secure the area.

The newly-appointed Army Spokesman, Colonel Wiryantoro said that they are still collecting and assessing information regarding the security situation.

For the Army, it’s not clear yet who and what was behind all the unrest, he said. “We are still gathering information, but have yet to introduce any new policy,” Wiryantoro said.

A military officer's house in Jayapura, Papua, was bombed at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

Jayapura Police suspect that the bombs were Molotov cocktails after they found broken glass at the scene.

The house, located at a military housing complex in Bucen VI, North Jayapura district, belongs to Maj. J.B. Jatmiko.

No one was reported injured. Jatmiko told news portal Okezone.com that he was asleep when he heard an explosion at his front door.

“When I went out to see what had happened, the front door was already on fire,” he said.

Minutes later, another explosion was heard from the rear of the house. Jatmiko and his neighbors fought to extinguish the flames for more than two hours.

Police said the case was still under investigation and no suspects have been named.

It was the second incidence of violence in Papua in the span of three days.

On Saturday, a man was killed at the Mulia Old Town Market in the Puncak Jaya district.

Four unknown gunmen burst into a cafe and shot dead Muhamad Amas, 37.