10 Apr 2012

Indonesia tightens security after plane attack in Papua

12:53 pm on 10 April 2012

The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered security forces to intensify and heighten security measures in Papua following the weekend attack on a commercial aircraft by an armed gang.

A Twin Otter plane operated by Trigana Air was shot at shortly after it touched down at Mulia Airport in the Puncak Jaya regency.

The President is reportedly shocked about the attack and says it proves the situation in the region is still unsafe, requiring a special approach by security authorities.

The gunmen killed a journalist and injured several others, including the pilot and first officer.

The pilot lost control and the plane hit a warehouse.