26 Oct 2011

Indonesian police in Papua placed on highest alert

1:26 pm on 26 October 2011

Indonesian police in Papua are on the highest alert after the latest shooting in a spate of increased violence in the region.

The National Police Chief General Timur Pradopo has told the Jakarta Globe that everyone is on alert, especially in Puncak Jaya district after two men shot dead the head of the Mulia subdistrict police at the local airport.

Reports say there was more gunfire yesterday when separatists shot at an outpost of the mobile brigade.

Unidentified assailants also set the offices of the Mulia Food Resilience Office on fire.

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence says a top alert was not needed in Papua and sending more police officers there will only worsen the tensions.

It says dialogue is necessary to address the basic reasons for the protests and violence in Papua.