4 Apr 2011

PNG police in Mt Hagen accused of burning properties in hunt for escaped murderer

6:54 pm on 4 April 2011

Police in Mt Hagen in Papua New Guinea are reported to have shot dead an escaped convicted murderer and at the same time damaged thousands of kina worth of property.

According to the Post Courier newspaper, the police torched trade stores, homes and properties of innocent people at a popular market on the fringes of the city on Friday night.

Eyewitnesses told the paper more than a dozen armed policemen arrived at Kamanga Buai Market, where they cornered and shot the escaped prisoner three times.

The paper reports that victims of the raid intend to sue police and the state for what he called the wanton destruction of the property of innocent people.