A large haul of ammunition stolen from a Papua New Guinean naval base has been recovered by police.
The theft of nearly a thousand rounds of ammunition from the armoury at the Lombrum Naval Base on the island province of Manus, occurred more than a month ago.
Manus police staged dawn raids in two villages on Los Negros island resulting in the recovery of more than 99 per cent of the stolen ammunition and the arrest of five suspects.
Police had set up road blocks and were watching ports and airfields in a bid to stop the ammunition leaving the islands.
There were fears it was earmarked for highlands regions where tribal fighting and armed hold-ups are common.