Thousands of residents of three villages in Tembagapura District, who have fled since early March 2020, choose to stay in Timika. They come from Banti, Kimbeli, and Opitawak villages. They refuse to recognize the Armed Criminal Group or Kelompok Separatis Bersenjata (KKB), even though they miss to return to their hometowns.
They prefer to leave their village until the security apparatus help to secure their territory from KKB, led by notorious man Lekagak Telenggen who infiltrated the Tembagapura District on February 4, 2020.
“The security situation in the region has not yet fully conducive,” confirmed the Mimika Military District Command (Dandim) 1710, Lieutenant Colonel Yoga Cahya Prasetya in Timika, on 21 August 2020.
“Pak Police and Pak Tentara, please get rid of KKB so we can come back safely to our villages,” said the refugee representative, Ilbo.
The Indonesia military police apparatus promised to the refugee representatives to work hard to regain control of the entire Tembagapura District area from the KKB occupation.
Currently, TNI and Polri officers in Mimika continue to improve preparedness, especially after a law enforcement operation that killed one of the leaders of the KKB of Kali Kopi, Mimika District, Hengky Wanmang, on August 16, 2020.