Report – Special correspondent in Jayapura
Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a passing military convoy in Timika in the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region of West Papua.
There were no casualties.
The ambush took place shortly before noon on Monday as four vehicles carrying five soldiers each motored past Tanggul Timur Road, in Timika, the Indonesian newspaper Kompas reported.
The gunmen shot at the vehicles’ windshields and engines. One stalled during the brief ambush.
About a dozen attackers then fled into the jungle, Kompas reported.
No one was injured in the attack. The vehicles were reinforced with steel plates.
Mimika district police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Jermias Rontini confirmed the attack.
“There was indeed such an ambush, but I have no knowledge of the details, because it was our colleagues in the Indonesian Armed Forces, [not us] there,” Rontini said.
The ambush took place after a mysterious fire torched two excavators at the giant Freeport gold and copper mine in the same area on Saturday.
Source: Jakarta Globe