Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Cendrawasih Regional Military Command XVII Commander Maj. Gen. Ignatius Yogo Triyono confirmed a member of armed criminal group in Itan Jaya, Papua, died in a gunfight with the Banteng/Raiders Infantry Battalion 400 (Yonif 400/BR) soldiers.
Triyono confirmed here on Thursday that a gunfight had, in fact, occurred at around 5 a.m. local time on Wednesday that resulted in the death of an armed criminal group member identified as Peria Mirib.
The Yonif 400/BR soldiers also seized a cellular phone and a handy talky (HT) device believed to be used for communication among members of the armed criminal group, he noted.
Soldiers of the Indonesian military are still conducting a clean-up operation around the scene of the gunfight, he stated.
The Yonif 400/BR soldiers were sent to Intan Jaya to join a vulnerable region securing the task force.
According to data, three Yonif 400/BR soldiers were killed in two gunfights with the armed criminal group since early this year.
Source: Antara News