Explosion heard at Freeport

Explosion heard at Freeport
, 7 July 2010


Witnesses near gold mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in Timika, Papua, have said they heard a loud explosion coming from the company's headquarters. Local police have yet to confirm the source of the blast.

“We have not received a follow up report on the explosion in the Freeport Indonesia area. We are still investigating the crime scene,” Mimika Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Muhammad Sagi told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

Local residents reportedly heard the blast at around 12 p.m. local time


No injuries in Papua gold mine incident
, 7 July 2010

PT Freeport Indonesia said Wednesday an incident damaged one of its buses travelling in an armed convoy near mile 28 of the Grasburg mine road in Papua.

Budiman Moerdijat, a representative of the company running the world’s largest gold mine, said there were no injuries reported in the incident.

"Police and security personnel are on the scene and investigating," he told The Jakarta Post.