24 May 2010

Timorese police identify weapons used by illegal group in Ermera

Televizaun Timor-Leste, May 21, 2010 language source: Tetun - The Timorese Police Commander, Commissioner Police Longuinhos Monteiro, has confirmed the type of weapons used by an illegal group in Ermera District.

Monteiro said that the weapon type used by the illegal group is caliber 762 and it is believed that there were still another types of weapons, adding that the police had also identified those people who are involved in the illegal group.

Monteiro said that leader of the illegal group was an ex-Indonesian 745 Military officer.

“The situation in Ermera is under control. The police have observed an illegal group from Indonesia. The leader of the group is an ex Indonesian military officer of 745 and members of this group are Timorese people from various groups such as Kolimau 2000 and others.

They kidnapped one police officer and tried to kill him Sunday 16, but he has been saved by the police. There are many weapons but the one they used is 762 weapon type. They are many but police will make efforts to carry out its work maximally to intervene or prevent those undesirable thing organised to create instability in the country,” Monteiro said.

Monteiro added that the police would make efforts to hunt down and detain those people who were engaging in the illegal group whose presence was supported by local residents of Ermera.

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