Sunday, August 16, 2009
Gunmen attack bus near Freeport's Indonesian mine
Gunmen fired at a bus on a road leading to Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc's mine in Indonesia's Papua province, wounding five people.
The Grasberg mine, about 3,400 km (2,100 miles) east of Indonesia's capital of Jakarta, has the world's largest recoverable reserves of copper and the largest gold reserves.
It is the second time since Wednesday that a Freeport bus has been fired upon and follows a series of shootings last month, in which an Australian technical expert and a Freeport security guard were killed and several others injured. The mine has been a source of friction over its environmental impact, the share of revenues going to Papua and payments to Indonesian security forces who help guard the site.
Secessionists have waged a low-level insurgency for decades in Papua. The Indonesian military and police, which keep a tight rein on the area, have rejected accusations that the unrest is linked to conflict over their commercial interests near the Grasberg mine.