3 Aug 2009

More arrests in Papua over Freeport shootings

10:46 am on 3 August 2009

The police in Indonesia's province of Papua have arrested more suspects in connection with the recent series of violent attacks near the Freeport Grasberg mine.

Three people were killed in last month's attacks.

A National Police spokesman says according to the report from the Papua Police, they arrested five more people in Timika.

The five, he says, were identified as civilians; four of them are Freeport employees.

He also says police were trying to determine if the five detainees had ties to the separatist Free Papua Movement.

Police have now arrested at least 20 people and named eight as suspects in the attacks.

Two of the eight are local Freeport employees.