The National Police said on Wednesday morning that they might announce the names of suspects behind a religious clash in Tolikara, Papua, on Wednesday.
“There is a possibility that we could determine the suspects today, hopefully,” National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said as quoted by kompas.com
Badrodin did not reveal further information about the possible suspects but asserted that the police would investigate the case thoroughly.
He said the police had questioned 31 witnesses in the case and that they planned to question five more today.
Some of the witnesses are members of the Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GIDI), while the rest are Muslims who performed Idul Fitri prayers at the subdistrict military command (Koramil) field in Tolikara.
“We hope to find a clue to solve this case,” Badrodin said.
He also rebuffed allegations of foreign intervention in this case.
A riot occurred in Tolikara last Thursday between Muslims and Christians that led to the destruction of several kiosks. One person died in the incident while several others were injured.
The riot started after people, thought to be members of GIDI, threw rocks at those performing Idul Fitri prayers. (ika)(++++)