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2 charged in gold mine attacks

July 28, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Police have charged two employees of the U.S. company Freeport with involvement in a spate of deadly shootings at the largest gold mine in the world, an official said.

The workers were among seven people who will go on trial on charges of premeditated murder and illegal weapons possession, said Col. Ketut Untung Yoga Ana, a national police spokesman. It was unclear what positions the two held with Freeport. The company declined to comment.

Three people died and more than a dozen were wounded in a series of ambushes beginning July 11 at Freeport's Grasberg mining complex. A 29-year-old Australian and a security guard working were fatally shot, and a policeman fell to his death seeking cover during an attack.

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