Jayapura: Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw made assurance of no jihadist having arrived in Papua Province in the upshot of the Wamena rioting on September 23 that killed 33 innocent civilians.
"At the moment, none of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) members or jihadists have come to Jayapura or other cities in Papua," he informed ANTARA on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Citing received reports, Waterpauw claimed that some 40 members of Jama'ah Tabligh had been visiting Jayapura to propagate Islam among Muslims around the city and its outskirts, including Sentani and Keerom, since early October.
According to Waterpauw, the Jama'ah Tabligh members, led by H. Nasir, departed from Jakarta by boarding a commercial motor vessel and arrived at the Port of Jayapura on October 1, 2019.
Waterpauw remarked that the Jama'ah Tabligh members will be in Jayapura and its outskirts for some four months.
He revealed that the Papua police will meet them since their presence had raised a sense of concern and disquiet among several local residents.
Speaking in connection with the current security condition in Wamena that had recently borne witness to a deadly rioting, he stated that despite calm being maintained, the military and police personnel remain observant.
"Overall, the situation is secure, including that in the Pegunungan Tengah area," he stated.
Rumors on jihadists in Papua have recently been brought to light by foreign news outlets, such as RNZ, which made claims that the Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, had issued a call to arms in the province following the killings of innocent non-Papuan settlers in Wamena. (Antara)