Indonesian Government Official Shot to Death in Papua
Ayub Natanubun, head of the forestry agency of Papua’s Sarmi district, was shot by an unidentified gunman near the border of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea on Saturday afternoon.
Ayub, 50-years-old, was driving his car over the Skanto bridge, near the border area in the Keerom district, when he was shot from the left side of the road. His body has been taken to Dok Dua hospital in Jayapura.
The spokesman of the Papua police, Sr. Comr. Yohannes Nugroho, told Antara news agency that he had not received a complete report about the incident since the Keerom police are still investigating the case.
“After a scene investigation is completed, we may be able to provide the information,” Yohannes said.
This incident adds to the list of attacks by unidentified gunmen in the restive region. Last month, three people were found stabbed to death in Ndeotadi in the Paniai district of Papua, including a member of the Indonesian Military (TNI).