Two West Papuans Stabbed By Military Personnel In Paniai

Soldiers stab two men who tried to rob store; men in serious condition

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 3, 2017) – Two West Papuans were stabbed by military personnel in Paniai regency of Indonesia's Papua province.

Police in Papua confirmed that the incident arose from a melee at a general store, or kiosk, in Paniai's capital Madi.

According to witness statements, a fight broke out when a man tried to rob the store.

Indonesian military personnel quickly arrived on the scene and brought the clash to a halt by stabbing two young men.

Police say the two men, aged 31 and 18, were taken to Paniai's main hospital where they are in a serious but stable condition.

Meanwhile, Indonesian police reportedly arrested 200 Papuans in Sentani for participation in a public demonstration.

Suara Papua reports that of the dozens who remain in custody, 26 Papuans are understood to have been tortured.

They had been part of a demonstration reportedly mobilised by the West Papua National Committee to protest over a significant date in Papua's history.

On 1 May 1963, the United Nations gave temporary administration of West Papua to Indonesia.

Chief Police Brigadier shot in Lanny Jaya District, Papua

Chief Police Brigadier Awaluddin Elwakhan was shot by an armed civilian in Tiom, Lanny Jaya District, Papua, on Monday.

The police officer was in a kiosk located in Tiom Market when an armed man shot him twice in the back of his head, Senior Commissioner Ahmad Kamal, spokesman of the Papua Provincial Police, noted here, Tuesday.

The unidentified gunman fled towards Yiginoa after shooting the officer, he remarked.

Elwakhan was injured and rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

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