21 Jul 2009

Papua police make arrests after Freeport shootings

12:49 pm on 21 July 2009

Indonesian police have arrested three yet-to-be-identified men believed to belong to an armed gang responsible for security disturbances in the Freeport mine's concession area in Papua province.

The gang is believed to be responsible for three fatal shootings which saw an Australian man, a local policeman and a guard killed in the Freeport area this month.

The Antara news agency says the arrests were made during security operations in Timika.

Earlier, the police said the perpetrators of the shootings were well-trained gunmen.