Commander Asks Residents to Hand Over Weapons in Papua – TNI Commander in Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto still believes that the 11 missing firearms belonging to the Mi-17 Helicopter accident victims in the Mandala Mountains, Bintang Mountains, Papua, are in the hands of the community.
He said that when asked about the possibility of the firearms being secured by the groups that were opposite the Republic of Indonesia.
“I am sure it is still in the community,” he said, after the release of four corpses of victims of the Mi-17 Helicopter, at the Silas Papare Air Base, Sentani, Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday (18/2) quoted from Antara.
“We have seen the photos and we have detected that they are part of the community. Later we will go straight to the point to those people who are scattered in the Bintang Mountains Regency,” he added.
Previously, the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) claimed to have succeeded in taking 11 firearms from the crash site.
The Panglima continued that his office prioritized the evacuation of victims after the accident. However, now the TNI will approach the people suspected of securing the senpi.
“Only yesterday we were still concentrating on transporting, picking up accident victims. At the moment we are concentrating on approaching,” he said.
“What all of us fear is that it will be misused for things that are not good,” Hadi said.
He also appealed to the people of Gunung Bintang Regency, Papua, to voluntarily hand him over to the police.
“I have coordinated with the Chief of Police who of course later the Chief of Police will order the Papua Police Chief, appealed to community leaders, religious leaders, in the Bintang Mountains Regency to voluntarily hand over 11 weapons to the police and later they will be handed over to the TNI,” he explained. who was accompanied by the National Police Chief Idham Azis.
The release of the four bodies of victims of the Mi-17 Helicopter accident was conducted with a military ceremony at Base Ops Lanud Silas Papare, Sentani, Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday (18/2).
On that occasion, the Commander also gave Extraordinary Promotion (KPLB) to 12 TNI soldiers who were killed. Commander Asks Residents
It is known that the MI-17 helicopter incorporated in the Indonesian Army Aviation Center lost contact on June 28, 2019. This fleet was carrying 12 crew and passengers, including five members of the 725 Infantry Battalion / WRG who were going to carry out the change of posts.
The helicopter flies from Oksibil Airport, Gunung Bintang Regency at 11.44 East Indonesian Time to Sentani Airport, Jayapura. However, the helicopter did not reach its destination and lost contact. Bandar Ceme Banyak Bonus
The personnel on board were carrying seven types of SS-1 assault rifles, three pistols, and one grenade launcher, aka GLM.
Commander of Kodam XVII / Cenderawasih Major General Herman Asaribab confirmed that 11 firearms carried by personnel were not found among the rubble of the helicopter. It only found 12 bodies of crew and passengers from the helicopter debris.