Four Dead in Shootings in Aceh, Papua
May 24, 2012 07:42 PDT
The Jakarta Post
Friday, May 18, 2012
Four Dead in Shootings in Aceh, Papua
Hotli Simanjuntak and Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Banda
A series of fatal shooting incidents have hit Aceh and Papua over the
last several days, leading to the deaths of four people — two in Aceh
and two in Papua, as well as leaving several others injured.
The Aceh Party urged the Banda Aceh Police on Thursday to thoroughly
investigate and apprehend the perpetrators of the shooting in Bireuen,
North Aceh, on Tuesday evening, which left two people dead, including
Syukri Abdullah, 35, also known as Gamkuek, the party’s secretary for
Gamkuek, was shot dead along with Cut Yetti, 40, when they were
driving home in a Honda CRV from Banda Aceh. A boy named M. Yasir, 15,
who was also in the car, was slightly injured and will be questioned
by the police as a witness in the case.
As Gamkeuk’s car passed through Paya Rangkulueh, Bireuen at around 8
p.m., it was shot at from another vehicle. Gamkuek’s car then
overturned into a ditch.
“We ask and have high hopes that the police will be able to arrest the
perpetrators. And we are convinced the police will act professionally
to solve the case,” the party’s spokesman, Fachrul Razi, said.
The Aceh Party itself had no idea as to the motive behind the
shooting. It expressed concern over the incident, which took the lives
of innocent people, Fachrul said, adding that he did not want to
speculate and trusted the police’s investigation. “Hopefully, the case
can be solved as soon as possible as the victim’s relatives are eager
to know the motive,” he said.
Fachrul urged the public not to connect the shooting with any
political problems in Aceh following the recent gubernatorial
The Aceh Police said they were thoroughly investigating the case.
“Let’s await developments. We’re compiling evidence and hope that the
case can be settled soon,” Aceh Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Gustav Leo
Meanwhile, in Mulia, the capital of Puncak Jaya regency in Papua, a
motorcycle taxi driver named Arkilaus Refwutu, 48, was shot dead on
Thursday by an unidentified group of people at Yalinggua subdistrict.
Puncak Jaya Police chief Adj. Comr. Marselis said in Mulia that the
victim had died at the scene. “The victim sustained gunshot wounds to
his head,” Marselis said, adding that neither the motive nor the
perpetrators behind the attack were known to the police.
Despite at least five people being killed in shooting incidents by
unknown groups in Mulia so far this year, not a single case has yet
In an unrelated incident, Melianus Kegepe, was shot dead by a member
of the Papua Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) at Location 45 in
Nomowodide Distriogobaida village in Paniai regency in Papua on
The shooting occurred when Melianus and four of his friends were
involved in an altercation at a billiard lounge. Despite there being a
queue of patrons waiting their turn to play, the five apparently
forcibly took over a table. As they continued insisting on playing,
the lounge-owner’s wife reported the incident to the nearby Brimob
Three Brimob members went to the lounge and ordered the five friends
not to cause a commotion.
Instead of abiding by this order, however, the group allegedly
attacked First Brig. Ferianto Papa, one of the three Brimob officers,
with a billiard cue knocking him to the ground, Paniai Police chief
Adj. Sr. Comr. Anton Diance said.
“When Melianus attempted to seize Ferianto’s rifle, First Brig. Edi
shot him and when Melianus’ friend Lukas [Kegepe] tried to attack Edi
with a knife, Edi shot him, too,” Anton said.
“Melianus died at 1 a.m. the following day,” Anton said, adding that
of Melianus’ three other companions, Amos Kegepe was shot in both
feet, Alpius Kegepe in his right hand and Markus in the chest.
Paniai Customary Community Institute chairman John Gobay demanded an
investigation into the incident as, according to him, whether or not
the five men actually tried to seize weapons from the Brimob officers
was a matter of dispute.
“They just wanted to play billiards, but when their rowdiness was
reported to the Brimob post, the officers came and then the shooting
started,” he said.
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