Friday, July 28, 2006

Islamists illegially entered Freeport security area

Three Indonesians were arrested for suspected terror activities after entering a secure site inside the US-based Freeport-McMoRan's mining complex in Papua province, a police spokesman and sources told AFP. The three were arrested Thursday after they entered a "protected area" inside a gold mine complex run by a Freeport subsidiary without having proper security clearance, said national deputy police spokesman Bambang Kuncoko. Police were whether the three were planning to launch attacks on the huge complex, Kuncoko said.

A senior officer with Indonesia's anti-terror unit Detachment 88 said two of the three were Freeport employees, including one in charge of handling explosives. The third is an Islamic teacher, the officer said. The teacher had at least once entered the complex using a visitor's ID pass made by one of the other two, the officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. He said anti-terror detectives also seized several documents including bomb-making instructions, a map of Freeport mining area and videos of anti-Western propaganda.

Freeport's office in the capital Jakarta and its Papua gold mine are among scores of Western interests in Indonesia which receive heavy protection and constant monitoring by police. Indonesia has suffered a spate of bloody attacks orchestrated by the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror group this decade.

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