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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 28) - An Australian couple was attacked by five armed men on Tuesday night at Rabaul Yacht Club mooring.

The couple was in the province for the last three days.

According to East New Britain Chamber of Commerce president Bruce Alexander, the suspects smashed their radio, navigational aids, and also stole their money and the lady’s jewelry.

He said the suspects, who were armed with two shotguns, attacked the couple in their 40-foot yacht. 

Mr Alexander said the couple was held up at gunpoint and tied up before the suspects escaped. 

Provincial Police Commander Alan Kundi confirmed the incident and said police were investigating.

Mr Bruce condemned the attack, saying acts like this destroy the tourism industry in the province.

He said for the last three months, visitors had been arriving in the province and such incidents would discourage them.

The Rabaul Yacht Club has announced a reward of K500 (US$155) to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects.

April 30, 2004

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