PNG ELECTION SECURITY: POLICE SAY SHOOT TO KILL

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 28) - Papua New Guinea police in the Southern Highlands reportedly have been given orders to shoot to kill anyone carrying a firearm and out to foil the peace process in the province.

According to the Papua New Guinea Post Courier, the special police envoy in the region, Superintendent Simon Nigi, gave the order.

Nigi reportedly said his men will shoot to kill anyone who uses high-powered guns to either tamper with the province’s fresh elections or the movement of people in region.

He says while many people in the province want peace and normalcy to return to the Southern Highlands, a handful of people were still holding onto high-powered guns.

Nigi says the message has been relayed throughout the province and that people are well aware of the order.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Police Commissioner, Gari Baki has announced that there will be a heavy presence of security forces during the Southern Highland elections.

February 28, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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