31 Jul 2008

Solomons security official injured in stoning incident

1:51 pm on 31 July 2008

An officer with the regional assistance mission to Solomon Islands and the participating police force has been injured while arresting a man in the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal.

The man was wanted in connection with a series of murders, abductions and arson attacks in 2003.

A joint statement by RAMSI and acting Police Commissioner Peter Marshall says in order to preserve the safety of the officers and of the man in the custody of the Solomons police, two warning shots were fired.

Officers were waiting for the arrival of a RAMSI helicopter to transport the wanted man to Honiara when a group of people surrounded the police and began to throw rocks at them.

The police officers were outnumbered and were being hit by the rocks and in danger of suffering serious injury.

One of the PPF advisers sustained bruising and swelling to his arm as a result of being hit by a rock that was thrown by the attackers.

The warning shots dispersed the group and stopped the rocks being thrown at police.