On the same day that a German tourist was shot at a beach near Jayapura in Papua, a teacher was killed in the central mountain district of Mulia, police said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, an unidentified gunmen shot and wounded Dietmar Pieper, a 55-year-old German tourist who was on the Base G beach north of Jayapura with his family.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said that some seven hours later, a man also shot and killed a teacher in at his kiosk in Kurilik village in the restive district of Puncak Jaya.
The assailant approached the kiosk owned and operated by 36-year-old Anton Arung Tambila — who was also a teacher at a primary school — when he suddenly drew a gun and shot Anton in the head, killing him.
“We are hunting down the assailants. The problem is that we lack witnesses and evidence, and the perpetrators fled into the jungle,” Saud said.
Meanwhile, Haris Azhar coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), has aired speculation that the shooting of Pieper might have something to do with Germany’s critical stance during a UN commission review of Indonesia’s human rights record held in Geneva last week.
“Last week, during the UN Human Rights council’s meeting, criticism came from various countries about Indonesia, including one from the German delegation. They asked about the unstable and unsafe conditions in Papua, and Germany even recommended that political detainees such as Filep Karma be released,” Haris said.
Filep is serving a 15-year jail sentence that a court gave him in 2005 for raising the outlawed separatist Morning Star flag on Dec 1, 2004 in Jayapura.
He said that the shooting of Pieper came just a few days after the review in Geneva on May 23. “What is happening here? Is it connected or not? This is for the police to investigate,” Haris said.
Saud Usman Nasution said that the investigation into the shooting was still ongoing, and declined to speculate on perpetrators or motives.