16 Jul 2009

Indonesian police prepare special operation to capture Freeport killers

12:28 pm on 16 July 2009

Indonesian national police are preparing a special operation to capture the perpetrators of a series of armed attacks on employees of multi-national mining giant Freeport in Papua.

This comes after a series of attacks at the weekend near the Freeport mine in Timika which left three people dead and several injured.

A police spokesman Brigidaire General Sulistyo Ishak says their operation would start by combing 29 districts surrounding the Papua regency of Mimika, home to Freeport's Grassberg mine.

The Jakarta Post reports that police have deployed over 60 reinforcement personnel

from the Mobile Brigade elite force and the counter-terror squad Densus 88 to back up the provincial police.

Sulistyo says police remain uncertain about who is behind the attacks.