TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government’s Nemangkawi Operation Task Unit is still hunting down the armed group that shot two members of the COVID-19 Task Force in Papua. One of the task force members was killed.
The Nemangkawi Operation Task Unit reported the incident occurred in Wandai district, Intan Jaya regency, Papua, Friday, May 22, 2020, at around 16:30 local time.
The attacked health workers were Amalek Bagau, 30 years-old, and Eniko Somou, 39 years-old. “They were shot while delivering medicines to avert the spread of COVID-19 in Intan Jaya regency,” the Namangkawi Operation Task Unit said in a written statement on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Personnel of the task unit and the Intan Jaya Police evacuated the victims to Nabire by Smart Air aircraft from the Sugapa Airport, Intan Jaya regency.
The plane touched down at the Douw Aturure Nabire Airport on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 10:20 local time and the victims were rushed to the Nabire Regional General Hospital (RSUD) at 10:30 local time for further treatment.
Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. A.M. Kamal said one of the victims passed away while the other was in critical condition. He said the remoteness and the hard terrain of the crime scene were among the difficulties security personnel must face to reach the location.
“It took us around five hours to get to the crime scene,” Kamal said, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated the situation.