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Seven wounded in shootings at Freeport’s Grasberg copper/gold mine
At least seven persons, two of them Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold employees, were injured Sunday after they were shot while traveling in a Grasberg mine-related convoy.
Author: Dorothy Kosich
Posted: Monday , 25 Jan 2010
RENO, NV –
At least seven persons were wounded in an attack on a convoy of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s Grasberg mine, including Freeport employees American Howard James Lochart and South African Sandy Wilson, as well as Cindy Mokodampit, the 13-year old daughter of a Freeport employee.
A series of attacks on company employees last year between June and November killed three people, including an Australian engineer performing contract work at the Grasberg mine, the world’s largest gold mine and third-largest copper mine. Grasberg is also the focus of protests by locals who claim they are not benefitting from the extraction of Papua’s resources.
Lockhart was transported from Papua to Singapore after he was wounded in his left eye from broken glass when a group opened fire at Mile 60 of the access road to the Grasberg gold mine in Mimika regency, Indonesian news media reported.
Company spokesman Mindo Pangaribuan said three of those wounded required hospitalization for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Papua police said the gunmen fired at two buses and four cars carrying Freeport employees and their family members on the highway between Grasberg and Kuala Kencana town. Four Mobile Brigade police officers were also wounded.
Pangaribuan told Reuters the latest violence did not affect production at the Grasberg mine.
Freeport has been targeted by arson, roadside bombs and ambushes since production began at Grasberg in the 1970s.