12 Mar 2010

Security staff at Papua's Freeport mine nearly halved

2:46 pm on 12 March 2010

The number of security personnel stationed at the working area of PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua has been nearly halved from more than 1,500 to just under 900.

Last year, shootings occurred at the intersection between the town of Timika and Freeport's Grasberg mining site, killing an Australian employee, an Indonesian security guard and a policeman.

A curfew was enforced following that and a string of further shooting incidents .

The Jakarta Post reports the decision was made in a meeting between the police, military offices and the management of PT Freeport.

The reduced team includes 607 police and some military members.

Mimika police say the road between Timika and the mining site in Tembagapura is still closed for night traffic.