HUNT CONTINUES TO FIND SOLOMONS HOSPITAL KILLERS

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By Richard Dinnen

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 11, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Efforts are continuing in Solomon Islands to find the killers of two patients at the main hospital in the capital, Honiara.

The men were members of one of the militias involved in a 19-month ethnic conflict.

The two were members of the Isatabu freedom movement, wounded in a battle last week.

Three masked men came into their ward, and killed them with shotguns.

It's believed the killers are associated with the rival Malaita eagle force.

The Eagle Force leadership has told the government it will help bring the killers to justice.

But with the police force effectively sidelined, it's hard to see how a proper murder investigation can be conducted.

The killings are a new obstacle to peace initiatives.

It's unclear if a meeting between government members and the Isatabu leadership due to be held today will go ahead.

For additional reports from Radio Australia/Pacific Beat, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia/Pacific Beat.

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