Freeport In­done­sia re­opens mine ac­cess af­ter shoot­ings

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

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

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