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Indonesian police arrest 12 over attack on Newmont camp in Indonesia

Published by MAC on 2006-03-28

Indonesian police arrest 12 over attack on Newmont camp in Indonesia

by AFX News Limited, JAKARTA (AFX)

28th March 2006

Indonesian police said they have arrested 12 people suspected of involvement in an attack on an exploration camp run by a local unit of US mining giant Newmont.

Four police and four civilians were injured during Sunday's raid on Sumbawa island as villagers resisted arrest and attacked police with arrows, spears and stones, a provincial police spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

One of the policemen was seriously injured, he said.

Two other key suspects escaped arrest during the raid at Ropang village, near the camp site which was attacked, the spokesman said.

The attack and torching of the Newmont camp, located around 60 kilometers from the company's main gold and copper mining site, led to exploration work being suspended but mining continued as usual.

The company had received reports of the planned attack so had evacuated its 135 workers. No one was injured.

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