An Indonesia soldier shot Thursday morning in Puncak Jaya, Papua has died, Indonesian Military (TNI) officials said.
First Pvt. Laode was rushed to Mulia Hospital in critical condition earlier today after a group of armed men highly likely separatist terrorist group opened fire on a military truck heading to Mulia, the capital of Papua’s Puncak Jaya district.
The soldiers ambushed by the attackers. Laode suffered a gunshot wound in the attack. The men then took his rife.
Doctors at Mulia Hospital transfered the soldier to Jayapura’s Marthen Indey Military Hospital for further treatment, but doctors were unable to save the man.
Indonesian Military officials are trying to determine who the shooters were, said Erwin Syafitri, commander of the Cendrawasih Military Command, which oversees military operations in Papua.
Separatist terrorist groups have been historically responsible for the occasional bloody clash between security forces and armed groups in Indonesia’s easternmost province, according to the Indonesian government.