Five police hurt in new Papua violence PDF Afdrukken

Geoff Thompson, Jakarta, with agencies

Last Updated: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:01:00 +1000

Indonesia's national police spokesman confirms five policemen have been injured in fresh violence in Papua.

It is the fifth attack since Australian mine worker Drew Grant was shot and killed on Saturday.

Indonesian Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono concedes rogue elements from the country's security forces could be involved in the violence.

There has been trouble on the road to the province's Freeport mine since the weekend.

National police spokesman Nanan Soekarna told the Australian Broadcasting Corportation that of the five policemen hurt in new violence yesterday, two were shot and one is injured critically.

Workers home

Hundreds of workers from the Freeport mine have been ordered to stay at home rather than risk the long drive to work on the remote road.

Mr Grant, 29, was shot four times while travelling in a car on the Freeport road.