26 May 2010

Leader of illegal group in Ermera is from Indonesia

Timor Post, May 21, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese police Commander, Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro, has confirmed that the leader of the illegal group in Ermera district was from Indonesia.

He said that the group leader was an officer from the 745 battalion of TNI but was retired, adding that members of the group were from local residents and members of Kolimau 2000 in Bobonaro and Kovalima.

Monteiro said that the National Police would hold operations shortly to hunt down followers of this illegal group who intimidated local residents in Ermera.

“Our responsibility is to ensure security in order to create tranquility and peace in the country, therefore we will hold the necessary operation soon,” Monteiro said.

He added that the National Police would need help from the National Army in the operation if it were necessary.

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