After Gunfights with TNI, the KKB, Leadership of Lamek Taplo, is Estimated to be Around in Okhika District

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PAPUADAILY –The armed criminal group (KKB) led by Lamek Taplo who exchanged fire with Pamtas Yonif 403/WP personnel in Kiwirok District, Bintang Mountains Regency, is suspected to be currently in the vicinity of Okhika District, Bintang Mountains Regency, Papua.

This was said by the Commander of Korem 172/PWY, Brigadier General Izak Pangemanan.

“Members reported that gunshots were still heard from the mountains towards Okhika but overall security in Kiwirok was under control. However, members are still searching for two health workers who have not been found yet,” Pangemanan said, in Jayapura, Tuesday (14/9/2021). Quoted by ANTARA.

From the reports received, he said, his members had found footprints that were thought to belong to the two health workers. “Hopefully both of them are found safe,” he said.

During a gun battle that lasted about four hours on Monday (13/9/2021), Prada Ansar suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm.

In addition to injuring members of the TNI, KKB also burned a number of public facilities. The public facilities burned by the KKB were the Kiwirok Health Center, the Bank Papua Office for the Kiwirok District Representative, the Kiwirok District Office, the Kiwirok Elementary School and the Kiwirok Market.

Pangemanan also admitted that a number of health workers were injured as a result of being shot or mistreated by the armed group.

Most of them are still traumatized and are currently being treated by a Puskesmas doctor, including a member of the Infantry Battalion 403/WP who was shot in the right arm.

“Okhika district is located close to Oksibil so gunshots can be heard,” said Pangemanan.***