‘What we must remember,’ he said, ‘is that the state of Indonesia is based on the rule of law.
‘The three victims of this incident were all civilians, not members of the security forces. ‘
He said that he had reported the incident to the chief of police who promised to look into the incident.
‘Even in a time of war, there are regulations that have to be complied with. Medical personnel, children, mothers and civil society must be properly protected. There can be no justification for killing civilians.’
He pointed out that all the victims were medical personnel and are not members of the armed security forces. ‘It is absolutely clear that unarmed people must not be targets for a firearms attack.Firearms should only be used against people who are armed.’
The name of the person who was killed is Herry Yoman, 32 years old.
Giving a detailed account of what happened, a police spokeman said that at 11.20am, three people arrived at the Intensive Care Department of Mulia Hospital and asked for an ambulance and medical personnel to collect the person who had been seriously injured in the District of Tingginambut.
‘As they were on their way back, passing through the Urgele Kampung, just 100 metres from an army post in Puncak Senyum, the ambulance was shot at by unidentified persons, as a result of which three people were hit.
The police officer said that one person, Herry Yoman, a Dani, died after being shot in the jaw with some teeth torn out.
The other two people both of whom were Dani, were wounded in their arms.
[Translated by TAPOL]
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