4 Nov 2005

Doctor says two PNG children recovering from gunshot wounds after police clash at school

1:49 pm on 4 November 2005

A doctor says two 12-year-old children are recovering in his hospital in Enga province in Papua New Guinea after being shot in the stomach during a clash with police at a nearby primary school.

Contrary to earlier reports that as many as three children had been killed, the doctor in charge of Porgera hospital, says one 29-year-old man was killed after police opened fire with automatic weapons.

Dr Gauvin Flores says 16 children were admitted to his hospital on Monday and were discharged yesterday.

He says two 12-year-old children are in a stable condition in intensive care after undergoing surgery to treat gunshot wounds to the abdomen.

Police were sent to a primary school at Paiam, where they went to arrest the headteacher, but were confronted by youths who threw stones.

The station commander at Porgera has been removed from duty as a police carry out an internal investigation.