US-Owned Gold Mine Target of Deadly Papua Attacks

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 7:32 AM CDT
In this Friday, July 17, 2009 photo, members of Indonesian Police anti-terror group Detachment 88 sit on the back of a truck during a patrol in Timika, Papua province.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Two people were killed today in the latest attack near a US-owned gold mine in Indonesia's Papua province, the AP reports. At least 12 people have been killed or wounded in ambushes near the mine in recent weeks. Authorities blame separatist rebels, who have been waging an insurgency in the province for decades, although analysts suspect the military and police may be fighting over protection money or control of illegal mining operations.