GUADALCANAL RESIDENTS MOVED FROM BATTLE ZONE

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 2) - Solomon Islands police
have evacuated around 80 people from parts of the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal
where rebel leader Harold Keke is operating.

A police team is pursuing Keke, who has been blamed for dozens
of recents deaths, including four who died when houses were burned down last
week.

The police spokesman Charles Lemoa says more people are being
brought to Honiara, where they are being housed at the Police Club and cared by
the Red Cross and other groups.

He says they are being taken out of the line of fire.

"I think the police now have seen that in order for them to
get in there the place must be cleared, because if they have to counter any
attack from Harold Keke and his group, they don't want civilians caught in any
crossfire."

June 3, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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