14 Dec 2002

Solomon Islands police search for gunmen who attacked the PMs home yesterday

6:39 am on 14 December 2002

Security has been stepped up around the residence of Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, after a group of special constables fired about seven shots at the building yesterday afternoon.

The men are said to have been angered by the government's refusal to pay a compensation claim in full.

Police rushed extra armed officers to Sir Allan's residence and blocked roads leading to the house and to parliament.

Parliament was adjourned until Monday.

A police officer says one of the attackers has been caught and taken into custody

The group is said to have included some members of the former Marau Eagle Force.