By Gorethy Kenneth
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Pacific Scoop, May 15, 2013) – A 19-year-old man is receiving treatment for gunshot wounds after about five Papua New Guinea soldiers allegedly opened fire on him and two other West Papuans.
The Indonesian Consul to Papua New Guinea, Jahar Gultom, announced in a statement yesterday that the PNG Defence Force would investigate the shooting.
PNGDF soldiers apparently shot Eduard Aritahano in the leg during the early hours of Wednesday morning in Lido Village near Vanimo town in Sandaun Province.
According to preliminary reports from the PNGDF based in Vanimo, the incident began when Edward Aritahanu and two others, Meki Aritahanu, 50, and Irene Yoku, 15, tried to escape when being asked what he was carrying in his boat.
Indonesian Consul Gultom on the other hand said reports obtained said that the PNG military fired three shots from around 60 meters away from the boat, injuring Edward on the leg.