Separatist group attack chopper near Freeport mine

Free Papua Separatist group (OPM) attacked a helicopter carrying 29 workers and family members from Freeport-McMoRan’s trouble-plagued gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesian on Saturday (17/12), wounding one person.

“The helicopter was carrying workers and logistics. One passenger was injured by shattered glass,” said Freeport spokesman Ramdani Sirait.

He said the helicopter, which is owned by copper and gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia, was flying from Timika to Tembaga Pura.

The attack came as thousands of unionized employees were preparing to return to the Grasberg mine in the mountains of Papua province following a three-month strike that has crippled production at the sprawling operation.

Saturday is the first day striking workers were returning to their stations after both management and workers agreed on a wage increase.(*wpnn)

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