Police, TNI, in pursuit of killer of teacher in Papua

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Airport staff unload a casket containing the body of Ezra Patatang, 27, in Sentani Airport in Jayapura regency in Papua on Sept. 13. Ezra, a contract teacher, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Puncak Jaya regency in Papua on Sept.12.(Antara /Indrayadi TH)

Shocking news from Jakarta Post

The National Police are stepping up the hunt for the gunman in a mysterious shooting that left a teacher dead in Mulia district, Puncak Jaya, Papua on Monday.

“We’re paying [the case] special attention and our personnel remain on alert. There are at least three Mobile Brigade [Brimob] battalions deployed to secure the area,” deputy National Police chief Comr. Gen. Syafruddin said on Tuesday.

The National Police will coordinate with Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel to maintain security, he added.

The unidentified assailant shot dead 27-year-old Ezra Patatang, a contract teacher at an elementary school in Mulia district at 6.30 p.m. on Monday, as he moonlighted as an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver in Karubate village.

A preliminary investigation suggested that Ezra, whose body was found 10 meters from his motorcycle, was shot at close range, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said.

Police have sent his body back to his hometown in Masamba, South Sulawesi. (rin)

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