Indonesian authorities declare war against unlicensed firearms
By Nadya Natahadibrata, The Jakarta Post/Asia News NetworkThe Jakarta Post--Indonesia's National Police will crack down on illegal possession of firearms following a series of shootings against police officers and prison guards.
August 15, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Oegroseno said on Tuesday that strict law enforcement would be imposed on those possessing illegal firearms. “We will intensify our precautionary measures. Those who are fooling around with firearms will face legal proceedings,” Oegroseno told reporters at National Police headquarters on Tuesday.
Oegroseno admitted that the authorities had not been vigilant enough in dealing with the spike of cases of armed violence. “[The public] needs to understand that some crimes always happen one step ahead of us. We have taken a number of measures to prevent it. It doesn't mean that we just sit and wait until a crime happens. Sometimes we are just not fast enough,” he said. “We are more vigilant now,” he added.
As previously reported, police officer Adj. Second Insp. Patah Saktiyono was shot by an unidentified man in Ciputat, Tangerang, on July 27.
The terror continued on Aug. 5 when a group of unidentified people shot at the entrance door of Baturaja prison in Ogan Komering Ulu regency, South Sumatra, at around midnight. No casualties were reported in the incident as prison guards were preparing pre-dawn meals in the prison's dining hall.
Two days later, Cilandak Police precinct officer Adj. First Insp. Dwiyatna, who was heading to Lebak Bulus Mosque in South Jakarta, was shot in the back of the head by an unidentified gunman.
Agus Susatyo, a prison guard at Yogyakarta penitentiary (locally known as the Wirogunan prison) was also shot by an unidentified man on the same day. The guard suffered bullet wounds to the chest and abdomen.