PNG police post burnt amid fight

2:02 pm on 20 February 2017

A drunken argument in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province has apparently led to the burning down of a police station and a violent retaliation.

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle

Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The Post Courier reported the Voco Point station was burned to the ground on Sunday, and police retaliated by burning down several houses.

A community leader in the Bumbu settlement behind the police station told the newspaper the arson started from an argument between two drunk people next to the station.

One of the people then burned down the station with a home-made fuel explosive before confessing to community members and fleeing.

The leader said the police demanded the villagers find the culprit, and when they couldn't officers moved in and burned down about 17 homes.

Voco Point is the third police station in the province to be burned down in four months.