29 Jul 2002

Election candidate fighting for his life in PNG

4:09 pm on 29 July 2002

A candidate in Papua New Guinea's election, Miti Robert Rop, is fighting for his life after being attacked by supporters of another losing candidate at a roadblock in the western highlands.

A witness has told the National newspaper that about 300 men armed with shotguns, axes and knives attacked Mr Rop's vehicle as he was driving his family to Mt Hagen.

The clergyman who witnessed the assault says Mr Rop was dragged out of his car, shot in the leg and attacked with axes and knives.

Another man was also critically wounded.

Mr Rop is now in a critical in Mt Hagen hospital as relatives try to collect money to send him to Australia for further treatment.