Subject: 4 Papua Reports: New Shooting Breaks Out At The Mining; Investigation Team: Australian Police Involved

4 Reports:

- Officials: Shooting breaks out at Freeport mine in Papua for second day

- Teams probe Australian's murder in Papua

- Aust federal police join Indonesian investigation

- Gunmen pre-planned fatal shooting in Papua: police

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Officials: Shooting breaks out at Freeport mine in Papua for second day

JAKARTA, July 12 (AP) - Shooting broke out Sunday between Indonesian security forces and suspected rebels in Papua, near to where an Australian employee of the U.S. mining giant Freeport was killed a day earlier, police and company officials said.

Officials said they could not confirm local media reports that Freeport security guards were shot in the incident.

"Suspected separatist rebels ambushed and opened fire on the police's anti-terror unit members who were searching for perpetrators" of Saturday's killing, said Papua police chief Bagus Ekodanto.

"We cannot confirm any casualties. We are waiting for further information," he said.

Freeport spokesman Mindo Pangaribuan confirmed the shooting, but gave no details.

Papua, a desperately poor and militarized province on Indonesia's easternmost tip, is home to separatist rebels who denounce PT Freeport as a symbol of Jakarta's rule.

Two Americans were killed in an ambush in 2002 near Freeport's Grasberg operations, a massive open-pit mine.

The Grasberg mining complex, one of the world's largest single producers of copper and gold, has been a constant source of friction with local Papuans angered over the outflow of profit to foreign investors, while they remain poor.

Security was increased after Saturday's killing and business was not disrupted, Pangaribuan said.

The Indonesian government does not allow foreign media to freely report in Papua, where it has tens of thousands of troops. The site of Saturday's shooting was inaccessible to local reporters.

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Australian Associated Press July 12, 2009

Teams probe Australian's murder in Papua

A 40-member team of police and forensics specialists has arrived in Indonesia's restive Papua province to investigate the shooting death of an Australian employee of the US mining giant Freeport, officials say.

Indonesian doctors conducted a five-hour autopsy on the body of 29-year-old Victorian man Drew Grant, a doctor said on Sunday, giving no details.

Forensic department chief Dr Munin Idris of Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital said the Australian Embassy had taken custody of the body of the technical expert after the autopsy.

Papua police chief Bagus Ekodanto said the Australian was shot five times in the chest, neck and stomach.

Four others in the car were uninjured.

Saturday's shooting happened near the Grasberg mine, one of the world's largest open-pit mines.

Ekodanto said anti-terror forces continued to hunt for several suspects and a team of Indonesian investigators and forensics specialists had arrived early on Sunday.

Grant had only been back in Indonesia for a week after visiting his nine-week-old daughter, his family said in Melbourne.

He was a doting father to baby Ella and a devoted husband to wife Lauren, his brother Nick Grant said.

He said his brother, a registered master builder, was a project manager for the US mining company and loved his job.

PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman Mindo Pangaribuan on Saturday said shots were fired at a company vehicle on a road outside Freeport's mining and operations areas.

The workers were reportedly on their way to a golf game.

Security around the mine had been increased and there were no further incidents, Pangaribuan said, adding that production was not disrupted.

Military spokesman Sagom Tamboen said three rebel suspects were detained on Saturday after a shoot-out in Yapen, 440km northwest of the mine, but the men were probably too far away to have carried out the Grasberg attack.

The mining complex, one of the world's largest single producers of copper and gold, has been a constant source of friction with local Papuans angered over the outflow of profits to foreign investors, while they remain poor.

Papua, a desperately poor and militarised province on Indonesia's easternmost edge, is home to separatist rebels who denounce PT Freeport as a symbol of Jakarta's rule. A surge in attacks in recent months has left several people dead.

The Indonesian government does not allow foreign media to freely report in Papua, where it has tens of thousands of troops. The site of Saturday's shooting was inaccessible to local reporters.

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Aust federal police join Indonesian investigation

CANBERRA, July 12 AAP - Two officers from the Australian Federal Police have joined Indonesian authorities investigating the shooting death of an Australian man in Papua.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Australia had agreed to a request for AFP assistance from Indonesia's national police.

Melbourne man Drew Grant, 29, an employee of the US mining giant Freeport, died on Saturday after being shot five times in the chest, neck and stomach, Papua police said.

Mr Grant was in a car, on the way to a game of golf, when the shots were fired.

Mr Smith said another Australian and three other people in the vehicle were uninjured.

Mr Smith described Mr Grant's death as "tragic" and offered his family the government's condolences.

Indonesian police were treating the shooting as a high-priority investigation, he said.

Mr Smith confirmed that two AFP officers arrived in Papua province from Jakarta earlier on Sunday to assist the investigation.

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Gunmen pre-planned fatal shooting in Papua: police

July 12 (AFP) -- Gunmen using military-issue weapons pre-planned an ambush that killed an Australian mine worker in Indonesia's restive Papua province, police said.

Drew Grant, 38, who worked for the Indonesian subsidiary of US-based mining giant Freeport McMoRan, was shot dead as he travelled in a car with three others on a road between Tembagapura and Timika, Papua police chief Bagus Ekodanto told reporters in Timika late Saturday.

"The shooting was pre-planned. (It's) clear they (the attackers) were using weapons belonging to the police or the military," he added.

The attack occurred in Freeport's vast concession area, which includes the massive Grasberg gold and copper mine.

Police are still investigating the number of attackers involved and their motive for killing, Ekodanto said.

"He (Grant) was shot five times in the neck, chest and stomach from a distance of 25 metres. We're still investigating the case. We don't want to be hasty and say they are from separatist groups," he added.

Freeport Indonesia is the largest single taxpayer to the Indonesian government.

Grasberg sits on the world's largest gold and copper reserves on the far eastern extreme of the Indonesian archipelago.

Pro-independence militants have waged a long-running insurgency against Indonesian rule in Papua, which is off-limits to foreign journalists without special permission.


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