6 Aug 2007

PNG police break up fight at market

1:41 pm on 6 August 2007

Police in Papua New Guinea fired shots and tear gas to disperse an angry crowd in Port Moresby today, with unconfirmed reports a man died from a gunshot wound and others were wounded.

The disturbance at the seaside Koki Market was sparked by the stabbing death of a Wanigela youth late yesterday, allegedly by a member of the Goilala ethnic group.

Hundreds of angry Wanigelas reacted by blocking the main road and burning tyres last night and again this morning before police arrived to quell the disturbance.

Dozens of armed police officers cordoned off the market area and fired rifle rounds and tear gas canisters.

A resident told the news agency AAP that one local youth had died from a gunshot wound and at least three others were injured.