OLD BOMB KILLS TROBRIAND ISLAND MAN, INJURES THREE CHILDREN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 2, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---A bomb, believed to be from World War II, exploded yesterday in the Trobriand Islands, killing a man and injuring three children.

Two girls, between the ages of 11 and 15, and a seven-month-old baby boy were seriously injured. They were flown to Port Moresby General Hospital for medical care.

According to islanders, the family had used an old rusty bomb they had picked up in a garden for a week, as a third stand for cooking. The bomb, about 28 centimeters (about 11 inches) long, had apparently been left on the island during World War II and the family had no idea it was still active.

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"HOME BREW" CRIME HIGH IN PNG ISLANDS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 1, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Arrests over the sale and illegal consumption of home-brewed alcohol dominated police holiday period reports in the New Guinea Islands.

In East New Britain, police made 21 arrests in Kokopo, Kerevat and Rabaul over the Christmas period for making "home brew" --illegal liquor.

Provincial police chief Ephraim Tomonmon expressed concern over the high number of people making and consuming "home brew," which is outlawed.

He attributed this to the low prices of copra and cocoa, which turned people to the cheapest means of obtaining alcohol.

In Manus and West New Britain, police reported that the holiday period was exceptionally quiet except for the deaths of two men who died under alcohol-related circumstances.

Bialla police reported that a man from Chimbu Province, who was a passenger in a bus, was killed in a roadblock near Bilomi oil palm estate.

The bus, owned by plantation workers from the Southern Highlands, was reportedly held up by Sepik settlers at a roadblock, near Wara Tiaru, to retaliate for a previous attack. The man’s body was discovered after police arrived to disperse the two groups.

Meanwhile, Manus police station commander Inspector Lawrence Tiyonei warned Manus islanders to be wary of strong winds in the province. According to Inspector Tiyonei, rough seas caused by the strong winds claimed the life of a young man.

Inspector Tiyonei said the man, who was drunk, decided to take a plunge at Salamei Beach, Los Negros Island, in his jeans and a pair of safety boots. He drowned in strong currents.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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