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Australian mining worker killed

July 12, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

An Australian working for U.S. mining giant Freeport in restive Papua province was shot and killed, possibly by a sniper, police and company officials said.

The shooting happened near the Grasberg site, one of the world's largest open-pit mines, where two Americans were killed in a 2002 ambush.

Papua, a desperately poor and militarized province on Indonesia's easternmost tip, is home to separatist rebels who denounce Freeport as a symbol of the Jakarta-based central government's rule.

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