Freeport Indonesia reopens mine access after shootings
THE Indonesian unit of FreeportMcMoRan Inc has reopened the main supply route to its huge copper mine in Papua, the company said on Monday, after the road was closed on Sunday after a shooting incident in the area.
No one was reported injured when shots were fired at an escort vehicle travelling from the lowlands, but Freeport cancelled all convoys along the road on Sunday afternoon while the security situation was assessed.
Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said the temporary closure has had no impact on production at the world’s second-biggest copper mine.
The incident was the latest in a string of shootings near the mine since mid-August that have killed one police officer and wounded at least six others. Authorities have declared a state of emergency and stepped up security in the area around Tembagapura village, about 10 kilometres from the mine.
The separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, has said it is at war with police, military and Freeport. – Reuters