Incident Summary:

02/07/2012: Mobil Brigade Officer Ronald Supamena was shot dead by gunmen while on patrol near Freeport-McMoRan's gold and copper mine in Grasberg area, Special Region of Papua, Indonesia. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka). The attack may have been related to a three-month strike, which had ended two months prior.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Mobile Brigade
Specific Description Officer: Ronald Supamena
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Additional Information Sources conflict on the number of injuries.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Free Papua Movement (OPM-Organisasi Papua Merdeka) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Several Indonesian workers wounded in gunmen attack near Freeport mine in Papua," Associated Press Newswires, February 9, 2012.
"Gunmen kill Indonesian police officer near Freeport-McMoRan's gold, copper mine," Associated Press Newswires, February 7, 2012.
"Shootout kills policeman in Indonesia's Papua," Agence France Presse, February 7, 2012.