The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 03/29/2009 1:51 PM | National
A Papuan separatist group (TPN/OPM) had on Saturday held a Supiori police officer hostage for seven hours, confiscating his revolver, kompas.com reported on Sunday.
Papua police chief Bagus Ekodanto confirmed on Sunday that the incident occurred on Saturday and that the officer had been released and is currently at Supiori police station.
According to Ekodanto, the hostage was sparked by an intelligence operation in the Amias village, where 10 undercover intelligence officers were sent to investigate the activities of a TPN/OPM group that was reported to have been harassing local residents.
The officer had been part of the first group assigned to the village, he added. He was then apprehended by the separatist group and taken to the residence of a separatist leader.
Ekodanto said the officer was eventually released after negotiation. The weapon that the group confiscated, however, was not returned.
“Even though this is the case, the Supiori deputy regent has promised to do whatever he could to help secure the return of the weapon,” he said. (amr)