ARMED GANG ROBS TOURIST IN SUVA

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC Online, May 4) - Fijian police have
mounted a manhunt today after an armed gang attacked the country's main business
hotel and robbed a Canadian lawyer in his room.

"We are working around the clock and following some leads and I
believe we should be able to have results soon, we're well aware of the negative
image, as a country, such activities have," police spokesman, Isikeli Sauliga
told AFP.

The attack on the Holiday Inn in Suva by four masked robbers
brandishing cane knives is the latest in a series of robberies of foreigners
there.

In February, a gang of machete-armed men held up and robbed an
Air New Zealand flight crew in Fiji, as they checked out of the Tanoa Hotel near
the Nadi international airport.

Police say the Canadian was unharmed but a security officer who
tried to stop the robbers is in a serious condition at the Colonial War Memorial
Hospital from head injuries.

May 5, 2003

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