The Papua police spokesman, Ahmad Mustofa Kamal, and likely much of the police are from the country’s Muslim majority while the gunmen are Melanesians indigenous to Papua. They are also mainly from the Christian minority.
Three days of clashes between Indonesian police and gunmen near a U.S.-owned gold and copper mine in easternmost Papua province have killed one officer and wounded six others.
Papua police spokesman Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said the latest attack happened Monday morning and injured four officers from Brimob, a paramilitary police force.
He said they were shot while evacuating the body of Berri Permana Putra, a police sergeant who was killed in a gunfight on Sunday in a hilly region of Sangket and carried by foot to the nearest town.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Grasberg Mine, Papua, Indonesia
Indonesia (ID) is estimated to have a population of 260.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 17.4 million.