24 Sep 2009

PNG police probes Mt Hagen shooting

6:40 pm on 24 September 2009

Police in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting that left one security guard dead and another in a critical condition.

The incident happened in Mt Hagen early yesterday.

The police say the incident is believed to have happened during an attempted robbery.

The police commander of Western Highlands, Kaiglo Ambane, says they are talking to witnesses and have several suspects.

"We caught two, but we need to confirm and connect them to the incident. But we're still working around the clock to arrest the other suspects. There were about ten of them, but we need the community to support us with information so we can arrest them."

Kaiglo Ambane says all the suspects are believed to be gang members.

In retaliation to the shooting, relatives of the security guards set up roadblocks along the Highlands Highway in Chimbu province and are reportedly holding four men and two women from the Western Highlands Province as hostages.

The Chimbu province police commander, Joseph Tondop, told the Post Courier a police unit went in but was outnumbered.