Gunmen at Indonesia Gold Mine Kill Two Workers

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"Mining has been a frequent source of friction in Papua because of its environmental impact, the share of revenue going to local Papuans and the legality of payments to Indonesian security forces guarding the site."

Gunmen killed two workers on Thursday at Freeport-McMoran's giant gold mine in Indonesia's Papua, a province with a simmering separatist movement.

A Freeport company spokesman said the shooting by unidentified gunmen, which left the car the two workers were in a blazing wreck, did not affect production at the world's largest gold mine.

Local police said two men died in the burning car and they would beef up security in the area, with the deaths coming only a day after another shooting nearby that injured two people.

"We will scour the area tomorrow. . .We can't underestimate this," the area's deputy police chief Mada Laksanta told Reuters.

The mine has been a frequent source of friction in Papua because of its environmental impact, the share of revenue going to local Papuans and the legality of payments to Indonesian security forces who help guard the site.

Previous deadly attacks blamed on separatists have often been fairly unsophisticated with attackers poorly armed, and the military and police generally keep a tight rein on the province.

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