PNG ON ALERT AFTER IRIAN JAYA REBEL LEADER KILLED

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 28, 2000 – Radio Australia)-- Papua New Guinea soldiers are on standby to assist police in the event of violence, following the killing of a senior Irian Jayan independence activist.

Hans Bomai was killed with a hammer on Tuesday at Vanimo, near the Indonesian border in West Sepik Province.

The incident happened when two rival factions came to blows at Dasi settlement, where Irian Jaya guerrillas take refuge on the PNG side of the border.

Provincial police chief Eugene Manguva says the situation between the two groups is tense and he's concerned that if the guerrillas escalate the fight with firearms, his police contingent might not be able to contain it.

He says police from East Sepik are on standby in case of further trouble, and PNG Defense Force soldiers at Vanimo are also on standby.

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