13 May 2013

PNG military to investigate West Papua border shooting

1:34 pm on 13 May 2013

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force will investigate an alleged shooting involving Indonesian nationals on the PNG border.

The Jakarta Post reports Indonesia's honorary consul, Jahar Gultom, as saying he has been assured by the PNG Defence Force that an investigation will be conducted into last Wednesday's incident.

The newspaper reports that 18 year old Edward Aritahanu and two others were travelling across the border in a boat from Jayapura to visit family in Lido.

Mr Aritahanu tried to flee when asked by the PNG military what he was carrying on his boat.

The military then opened fire, injuring Mr Aritahanu's leg.