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Jakarta Post

Three dead as gunmen attack Freeport truck

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 15 2011   /  08:00 am

A deadly shooting rocked the already troubled copper and gold mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua on Friday, leaving three men dead and three others badly injured, according to initial reports.

Witnesses said unidentified gunmen attacked a Freeport security truck at around 3:45 p.m. local time while it was passing mile 36 on Tanggul Timur road near Nayaro village, nearly the same spot of another Freeport-related shooting in April.

The truck carried two military officers — Second Sgt. Eko and First Pvt. Pratu Tobias — and two employees working for the company’s security management unit — Roy Maleke and Beny Thomas.

Unconfirmed reports say a man was found dead inside the truck, which caught fire after the shooting. Two men were found dead outside the vehicle.

Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr Wachyono confirmed that three men died from the shooti...