One Injured in Latest Attack on TNI in Restive Papua

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Jakarta Globe

Gunmen opened fire on a Freeport Indonesia car in Mimika, Papua on Friday in the latest instance of violence in the restive province.

Comr. Albertus Andreana, of the Mimika Police, told the Antara News Agency that members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) were riding in the car when unknown gunmen started shooting on Jalan Tanggul Timur.

“At the moment there is a team that is on the scene to investigate the incident,” Andreana said on Friday.

One soldier was injured from broken glass in the attack. No one was killed.

The TNI members were reportedly bringing food to their colleagues at a post in Kampung Nayaro. 

Soldiers arrived on the scene after hearing the gunshots, Andreana said. The assailants shot at those cars as well and then fled the scene.

Attacks on Jalan Tanggul Timur are a common occurrence in Papua. Last year, First. Brig. Ronald Sopamena, of the Papua Mobile Brigade (BriMob) died while exchanging fire with an unknown group.

In April 2010, two high-ranking Freeport officials died in a similar attack. Daniel Mansawan and Hary Siregar were shot and set ablaze by the assailants.

Weeks after that attack, four workers with Fajar Puri Mandiri — a company contracted to dispose of mining tailings — were killed in an attack on the same road.