PNG SOLDIER DIES IN BOUGAINVILLE SHOOTING

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (July 17,1997 - PACNEWS)---A Papua New Guinea soldier has died after being shot by Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) rebels at Siarra Junction, near the northern tip of Bougainville island.

Reports from nearby Buka island say the soldier was a member of the PNG Security Forces company in the area.

PNG defense officials report that reinforcements were sent to Siarra Junction from Buka after a report of the shooting reached the Buka base.

The shooting occurred during another confrontation between Security Forces personnel and BRA rebels.

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