PNG University says no students killed in police action

7:00 pm on 8 June 2016
Students attend a rally at UPNG.

Students attend a rally at UPNG. Photo: UPNG4PNG

The University of Papua New Guinea says no students were killed during this morning's police action on campus.

Police stopped a group of students this morning as they tried to leave the University to attend a protest outside Parliament.

The University's spokesperson, James Robins, said police opened fire with teargas canisters only.

"There's reports of deaths and people in ICU and all the rest of it, that is incorrect. Our Executive Dean of Medicine has been on site in the hospital. There has been nobody killed, there is nobody in intensive care from gunshot wounds. The only thing that was fired was tear gas."

James Robins could not confirm the number of injured students that were taken to hospital.

Mr Robins said the university had obtained a court order preventing the student representative council from taking any further action.

He said a derelict dormitory on campus that was attacked by arsonists in April was reignited following the police action.

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