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Jakarta Post

Shooting reported at Freeport employee housing complex

  • Nethy Dharma Somba and Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura/Jakarta   /   Sat, April 28, 2018   /   08:30 am
Shooting reported at Freeport employee housing complex Indonesian soldiers guard the US-owned Freeport mine in Timika, Papua (Bloomberg/File)

A car belonging to mining company PT Freeport Indonesia employee Moren Francis Ras was shot up by an unidentified shooter at his house in the Hidden Valley housing complex at Mile 66 in Tembagapura, Mimika, in Papua on Friday morning, the police report.

“The shooting damaged the car, but there were no injuries,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Agung Marlianto Basuki told The Jakarta Post.

Ras, a South African, was walking from his house to the car when the shooting occurred, Ras immediately dropped down behind the car.

The Papua National Liberation Army (TPN), an armed group demanding Papuan self-determination, claimed responsibility. TPN spokesperson Hendrik Wanmang, told the Post on Friday that “a foreigner got shot by the TPN”.

A statement from the TPN made available to the Post on Friday claimed that their group had been infiltrated by “an intelligence officer”, who carried a weapon. The TPN confiscated the weapon in Tembagapura, the release said, and it was made in the US. The TPN suspected “foreign involvement” in the campaign against them, the release said.