JAKARTA, Dec.4 (JDN.id) – Indonesian National Police confirmed the attack of 31 construction workers by unidentified gunmen in Papua, however the number of casualties is still unconfirmed.
Insp. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman, said Papua police chief and military commander are on their ways to the location to get first-hand information.
He said the unidentified gunmen took 31 workers at least in the two separate occasions, first was to six individuals and later to 25 others in Nduga regency, in the center of Papua.
Initial information that authorities have received saying that gunmen have killed the workers from state-owned construction company Istaka Karya, but Iqbal could not confirmthe exact number of the victims nor the attackers.
The workers were in the area for building a bridge to connect Yigi and Auruk rivers, which part of Trans Papua project aims to link the eastern most of Indonesian’s province by land to improve connectivity that will affect the growing economy.
“We have identified several (armed) groups (that possibly responsible for the event), we only need to make sure which one (should responsible),” Iqbal told reporters on Monday.
The motivation of the action is still under investigation.