Gunmen Shoot Freeport Contractor in Papua PDF Afdrukken E-mailadres
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Jakarta. Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of US mining giant Feeport-McMoRan, has confirmed that a shooting incident occurred near its mining site in Papua on Saturday (21/10), a company official said.

No fatalities were reported.

Riza Pratama, vice president for corporate communication at Freeport Indonesia, told the Jakarta Globe that the incident took place at 8 a.m. near Tembagapura, about an hour drive from the Grasberg mine. Unidentified men fired at a car driven by an employee of the company's contractor, Mitra Siaga.

"Investigation is ongoing. The road from Tembagapura to Hidden Valley has been temporarily closed," Riza said, adding that the victim sustained light injuries when the car's windshield was shattered by the shots.

Police were not available for comment.

Last month, two shootings were recorded near Freeport's facilities in Papua.

In August, the government allowed the world's largest cooper producer to keep operating its Grasberg cooper and gold mine, as the company had eventually agreed to divest a 51 percent stake — a requirement set upon miners under Indonesian law.

Recently, the company has been facing numerous labor disputes