Bus carrying military officers fired upon in Papua
Yuliasri Perdani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Thu, December 12 2013, 9:52 PM
A bus carrying Merauke Military Commander Brig. Gen. Bambang Haryanto and other military officers was fired upon by unidentified assailants near Freeport Indonesia’s Grasberg mine in Mimika regency, Papua, on Thursday.
Papua Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. Sulistio Pudjo confirmed the attack and said no one had been injured.
“The attack happened at 12:23 p.m. local time, on Jl. Tambang near the mining area of PT Freeport Indonesia. Of the six bullets fired, only one hit the bus,” he said in a telephone interview.
Jl. Tambang connects the capital of Mimika, Timika, to Tembagapura sub-district, where the Grasberg mine is located.
A day before the attack, Bambang and Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian inspected three spots where unresolved shooting attacks took place in Mimika between Dec. 8 and 10.