PNG POLICE ON HIGH ALERT AFTER CLASH WITH SOLDIERS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (September 24, 2000 – ABC Australia)---The Papua New Guinea police force is maintaining a high alert in Port Moresby following a day of confrontation between soldiers and police.

Soldiers besieged a police station, after police shot a Defense Force member to death.

Police allege the soldier had been involved in an armed robbery at a gasoline station.

Two civilians are in custody for allegedly taking part in the robbery.

A large group of angry soldiers later surrounded the Boroko police station, outside the capital, throwing rocks at police, and a series of scuffles took place.

Around Port Moresby, soldiers roamed the streets, some firing weapons, but causing no injuries.

Police have promised a full investigation into the death of the soldier.

Defense Force commander Carl Malpo has ordered soldiers to remain in their barracks.

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