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US company employees shot, wounded in Indonesia

GUNMEN shot and wounded two employees of US company Freeport as their bus traveled along a road to the world's largest gold mine in eastern Indonesia today, police said.

The two miners were hit when the security-escorted bus carrying 60 employees was attacked in restive Papua province, police Spokesman Agus Rianto said.

The injured men were in stable condition after being taken to a hospital. One was shot in the thigh and arm, while the other was hit in the hand and waist, he said.

"A group of unidentified men ambushed Freeport's bus," said Rianto "Police are still searching for the perpetrators who ran into the dense jungle."

Freeport has been targeted by a string of shootings since mid-July that have left three dead and injured more than 20 people. Police arrested several suspects for earlier ambushes, but it is unclear who is behind the violence.

"The incident will not effected our mining production and operations, and we continue to fully support and cooperate with the police investigation," Freeport's Indonesian spokesman Mindo Pangaribuan said.


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