TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Yudo Margono on Tuesday stated the joint regulation enforcement crew mobilized in Papua has detected the placement of the lacking Susi Air pilot. He was reportedly taken hostage by native Papuan separatists – recognized by Indonesian regulation enforcement as an armed legal group (KKB) – on the Paro District in Nduga Regency, Papua, on February 7.
The pilot who operated the Susi Air airplane – which was burned by separatists on the airport runway – was Philips Max Marthin. Previous to that incident, the airplane misplaced contact on Tuesday morning.
“Not but [being evacuated] however [they] have been detected. After we managed to evacuate 15 [local community health center workers], now the precedence is to search for the pilot,” stated Yudo Margono to journalists on Wednesday, February 8.
Nonetheless, he rebutted that the Kiwi pilot had not been taken hostage by separatists however had escaped seize after the airplane was burned by the Free Papua Motion (OPM).
“The pilot was threatened however finally was probably rescued by a neighborhood resident,” he defined.
The hostage state of affairs was assumed after the separatist group led by Egianus Kogoya claimed accountability for the incident with the airplane and the hostage state of affairs.
EKA YUDHA SAPUTRA
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