6 May 2008

At least 12 buried in Papua mine landslide

9:19 pm on 6 May 2008

A landslide has killed 12 illegal miners and buried at least nine others in Indonesia's province of Papua.

Local police have so uncovered 12 bodies and believe there are at least nine more still buried by the soil and rocks.

Police said the illegal miners were working between two tall cliffs and one side collapsed, in an area about 3,000 metres above sea level which is continuously shrouded by mist

The accident took place within a concession mined by US-based mining giant Freeport-McMoRan but did not involve the company's operations in Timika.

Police said the victims are illegal miners who have continued to disregard demands that they leave the place.