Indonesian security forces nab rebel for allegedly shooting dead foreigner in Papua

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JAKARTA, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian security forces have arrested a separatist who allegedly shot dead a New Zealand citizen who worked for the mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in the country's easternmost province of Papua recently, a police officer said on Tuesday.

The rebel with an initial of TW was one of the 10 attackers of PT Freeport Indonesia which operates the Grasberg mining field, the largest gold mining and the second largest copper mining sites in the world.

The incident which occurred on March 30 also left two other employees of the firm injured.

The Provincial Police's Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said that TW, a member of the separatist group which the government called a criminal armed group, was nabbed on Friday in the province's city of Timika.

During the arrest, Waterpauw said, the security forces seized scores of ammunitions, according to local media.

PT Freeport Indonesia has been frequently targeted by separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM), leaving scores of casualties.

The Papua-based OPM, which has been seeking an independence through guerrilla wars since decades ago, also targeted soldiers, police personnel and civilians. Enditem

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