OPM kill Indonesian police officer

Free Papua Organization (OPM) have killed a police officer near the The U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan’s gold and copper mine in the most-eastern Indonesia’s province, Papua.

Company spokesman Ramdani Sirait said the officer was shot Tuesday (07/02) within the working area of Freeport Indonesia. The area was closed as police investigated.

It was the second shooting this year near the world’s largest gold mine in Papua province where a separatist insurgency is seeking independence from the Indonesian government.

Two contract workers were killed last month near the mining town of Tembagapura.

Police were not immediately available for comment on the latest attack.

The mine, run by a subsidiary of the Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has been hit with arson, roadside attacks and blockades since operations began in the 1970s.

Source: Associated Press

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