Indonesian Journalist Injured in Ongoing Violence in Central Sulawesi
A local journalist was injured in the ongoing violence in Sigi, Central Sulawesi, on Tuesday after being struck by shrapnel fired from a homemade cannon, according to news reports.
Salahudin, a cameraman with Nuansa TV, lost consciousness after being hit in the neck with broken glass, nails and bits of metal fired from a gunpowder-stuffed iron cannon locals call a “dumdum.”
He was rushed to the Bhayangkara police hospital in Palu for treatment.
Salahudin was the latest person to be injured in a violent conflict that has left one dead in recent weeks. Security forces had an increased presence in the feuding villages of Padende and Bingga on Tuesday, but the bloody conflict, which has been escalating for months, continued.
The province’s police chief recently met with local leaders to try to put an end to the escalating violence.
According to news reports, the latest conflict began on May 30 with a dispute between youths from Padende and Bingga villages.
A 45-year-old resident from neighboring Uwemanje village was killed during fighting on August 20.