Timika: The police and military in Mimika regency, Papua province have beefed up security in Tembagapura and its adjoining area as a precautionary measure against a possible terror attack by armed rebels in the region.
According to Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Comm. Agung Marlianto, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and Indonesian Police (Polri) has deployed its troops both in the highland and lowland areas to ensure security for civilians residing there.
"It should not cause too much concern for the public. The military and police personnel deployed in both the highland and lowland areas are adequate," Marlianto stated here on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
The police official explained that the security personnel are also supported by the Amole Task Force stationed to secure the operational area of PT Freeport, as well as the TNI's Pam Rawan Task Force and the police's mobile brigade Nemangkawi Task Force.
"We have a strong presence of troops in Tembagapura as well as in Timika. Any parties attempting to disrupt public order in Mimika will face stern measures," he affirmed.
Earlier, Intan Jaya Regent Natalis Tabuni stated that perpetrators behind the shooting of three motorcycle taxi drivers in the region last month were not residents of the district.
Moreover, There was an indication that the shooters would shift their operation to Tembagapura. The Lekagak Telenggen-led armed rebels were allegedly responsible for the killing of the three ojek drivers. Telenggen was allegedly the mastermind behind the series of shooting attacks in Ilaga and Beoga in Puncak regency. (Antara)