Incident Summary:

09/11/2008: On Thursday night, an improvised explosive device exploded near a security post on the road leading to the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. gold and copper mine in an unspecified city of Papua province, Indonesia. The blast caused slight damage but did not result in any casualties. Police discovered and safely defused another bomb planted nearby at a bridge on the same road that failed to detonate. The Free Papua Movement (OPM) circulated pamphlets prior to the attack demanding the closure of the mine and then claimed responsibility for the incident after the attack.

GTD ID:
200809110014

When:
2008-09-11

Country:
Indonesia

Region:
Southeast Asia

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Papua

City:
Near

Location Details:
The bombing attack took place near a security post on the road leading to the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. gold and copper mine in an unspecified city in Papua province, Indonesia.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
Specific Description A security post on the road leading to the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. gold and copper mine
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Unknown explosives were used in the bombing attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, "1 Mine Damaged in IED Attack by Free Papua Movement in Papua, Indonesia," National Counterterrorism Center, September 5, 2009.
Niniek Karmini, "Indonesia Police Suspect Separatists in Mine Blast," Lexis Nexis, Associated Press, September 15, 2008.