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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 10, 1997 - Niuswire/Post-Courier)---A home-made bomb has been discovered beside a water main at Nine Mile and police believe it was set up to sabotage the water supply of Papua New Guinea's capital city, the Post-Courier newspaper reported today.

The device was removed by Defense Force bomb experts after it was discovered on Saturday.

National Capital District/Central Police Chief Sam Inguba said the water supply company, Eda Ranu, alerted police to the bomb on Saturday night.

He said there had been threats earlier to sabotage water and power facilities in Port Moresby.

"We suspect some people are not happy with Eda Ranu," Mr. Inguba said. "There have been threats to staff and threats to sabotage water pipes."

Mr. Inguba also warned village people not to obstruct the traveling public, after villagers at Hanuabada blocked off the road leading into the Shell installation near Badihagwa High School on Friday.

Several people are in the hospital after a fight broke out at a roadblock on the Baruni Road yesterday.

Mr. Inguba said a PMV bus was traveling along the road when it encountered a roadblock set up by youths demanding money.

The crew reported the matter to wantoks who piled into the two other buses and confronted the Baruni villagers.

"There was a big fight resulting in several people being admitted to hospital," Mr. Inguba said. "Police have received several reports of roadblocks in the area and we will arrest those who put them up."

Title -- 1008 SECURITY: Bomb found beside Moresby water main Date -- 10 November 1997 Byline -- None Origin -- Niuswire ( Source -- Post-Courier (PNG), 10/11/97 Copyright -- Post-Courier Status -- Unabridged

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