Papua Police Warns of Threats Posed by Armed Criminals

    Antara - 19 November 2019 14:20 WIB
    Papua Police Warns of Threats Posed by Armed Criminals
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    Jakarta: Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw has warned that armed criminals would likely launch disturbances in the future at the mining sites of gold and copper mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura region.

    "There have been indications that the armed criminals will disrupt the company's operational activities," he told ANTARA in Jayapura on Monday, November 18, 2019. 

    To anticipate any unexpected eventuality, the security personnel beef up security in the area," he added.

    According to reports that he received, several groups of armed rebels from Jayawijaya regency were spotted in Intan Jaya District. They were seen moving toward the mining areas of PT Freeport Indonesia.

    Waterpauw said he has ordered the security agencies to continue monitoring the movements of the armed criminals. He has also approached civil and religious leaders to prevent residents from being provoked by the groups.

    In general, the security situation across Papua Province remains under control.

    Apart from the police efforts to beef up security prior to the commemoration of the anniversary of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in early December, deployment of extra security personnel from outside Papua Province is not needed. (Antara)


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