New ambush near world's largest gold mine, 2 dead

New ambush near world`s largest gold mine, 2 dead Jakarta (Indonesia): Gunmen opened fire on Wednesday on buses carrying employees of US mining company Freeport in Indonesia's restive Papua province, killing two people in the latest attack on the world's largest gold mine, witnesses and the state news agency said.

The state news agency Antara reported two dead, but it did not identify the victims or say if they were shot.

An agency reporter was told by a policeman who witnessed the shooting that a police vehicle escorting the convoy flipped. He declined to be named because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Several injured officers were taken to a local clinic, the reporter said, one of them in critical condition. Two body bags were later seen being removed. The police officer did not think any Freeport employees had been hurt.

Since July 11, at least a dozen people have been killed or wounded in ambushes along a road leading to the mine, prompting a massive security operation in the militarised zone that is off limits to foreign journalists.

Freeport declined comment, referring inquiries to police who did not return phone calls.

Arizona-based Freeport has been targeted with arson, roadside bombs and blockades since production began in the 1970s during the US backed Suharto dictatorship.

Bureau Report