28 Aug 2015

Confiscated ammo belonged to Indonesian police

11:32 am on 28 August 2015
Gun on table.

Gun on table. Photo: RNZI

Indonesian police have confirmed that a large supply of ammunition confiscated at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport enroute to Papua region belonged to police.

The consignment of bullets snared earlier in the week was reported in Indonesian media as being linked to Papuan separatists.

However the Jakarta Post reports that the ammunition was ordered by police in West Papua province for training activities, and was not being smuggled for Papuan separatists.

Jakarta Police spokesperson Mohammad Iqbal said that investigations revealed that the consignment was valid because there was an order for the issuance of the ammunition to the West Papua Police.

Iqbal said police decided to confiscate the ammunition in the first place because the officer who packed the bullets failed to provide the necessary documents.