31 May 2012

Teacher killed in Papua, German man shot

1:43 pm on 31 May 2012

An elementary schoolteacher was shot and killed in Indonesia's Puncak Jaya Regency in Papua.

Anton Arung Tambila died after being shot in the head while shopping at a kiosk at Kulirik Village in the Mulia district.

A German man who was shot three times on a beach in the capital is in a stable condition in Jayapura General Hospital.

Dr Dietmar Pieper, a 55 year old biologist, remains in intensive care, guarded by four policemen.

The Papuan Human Rights organisation Elsham has been given details of the incident from Dr Pieper's wife, Eva Pachon, who witnessed the shooting.

Ms Pachon says that she and her husband were sitting under a shelter on the beach when they noticed an SUV vehicle passing back and forth.

The vehicle then stopped and a bearded man, described as an ethnic Papuan, wearing a camouflage jacket and hat, came out and started walking towards them.

From ten metres away he then shot Dr Pieper, twice in the thigh and once in the torso, before returning to his vehicle.