Gunmen fire on Papua mine workers, 7 injured

09:49, January 25, 2010      

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Unidentified gunmen ambushed two vehicles carrying employees of U.S. miner Freeport McMorant Cooper and Gold Inc's in Papua in the easternmost of Indonesia on Sunday morning, wounding seven people, police said.

Spokesman of Papua Police Agus Rianto told Xinhua over phone from Papua that the vehicles were shot at 06:10 a.m. Papua time ( 2110 GMT Saturday) in the mine compound.

"The shooting injured two employees, a child of the employee, and four policemen," he said, adding that all the injured persons were treated at a hospital.

He said that the police have investigated the accident but could not confirm whether the attackers were from the separatist group of Free Papua Movement (Organisasi papua Merdeka or OPM) who has frequently launched attacks against Freeport employees.

Papua is home to a low-level separatist rebellion of OPM, which has used both guerrilla and diplomatic ways to achieve its goal.

Earlier this month Indonesian police shot a commander of OPM Kelly Kwalik in a raid.

Freeport has been targeted by a series of shootings since July 2009 that have killed three people, including a 29 year-old Australian worker, a policeman and a guard and wounded more than 20 others.

Source: Xinhua
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