Jayapura, Jubi – Four highway construction workers were shot dead by an armed group in Mulia, Puncak Jaya on Tuesday (15/3/2016) at around 13:45 Papua time, police said.
The attackers also burned an excavator and a bulldozer belonging to PT Modern, the contractor that builds the road, Puncak Jaya Police Chief Adjunct Senior Police Commissionaire Marcelis said.
“Yes, there was a shooting towards four PT Modern employees. I was in Muliat at that time,” Mercelis said.
But he requested reporter to ask question on the shooting incident to Papua Police Spokesperson because Sinak Police Chief already reported the incident to Papua Police Headquarter by SSB radio. According to him, location where the shooting was occurred is used being attacked by Yambi group.
The attack was occurred when the workers were constructing Sinak-Mulia highway at Agenggen Village of Sinak Sub-district, Puncak Jaya Regency. The armed civilian group attacked them and burned an excavator and a bulldozer.
Those who died in the incident are Project Leader Anis and heavy equipment operators Andi, Daud and David.
Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw admitted about the shooting. The report said the number of dead victims is three employees of PT Modern, namely Anis, Andi and David, the chief. While Daud is currently reported in critical condition, and one of employees was managed to escape and report this incident, he further said.
“They were attacked when doing the road construction between Sinak (Puncak Regency) and Mulia (Puncak Jaya Regency),” Waterpauw explained.
According to him, until now the Police could not yet identified which groups are responsible for the attack and shooting. But local residents saw the insurgent group of Legagak Telenggen crossed the road,” said Waterpauw. (*/rom)