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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Oct. 25) – Extra security measures and a loud alarm system foiled a second attempt by a Port Moresby gang armed with M16 assault rifles to attack Ang’s Chinese restaurant in Gordons last night.

About 20 patrons, including Post-Courier managing director Bob Howarth and his wife Di, were in the restaurant when the gang of three gunmen forced an outer fence security guard at gunpoint to let them into the restaurant’s compound at about 8:00 p.m.

"The gang got to the inner security door and were trying to bash in the main door with their rifles when the alarms went off," Howarth said last night. "All staff and patrons fled to various hiding spots as the gang battered at the door. They then bolted after unsuccessfully bashing at the door."

Howarth commended the quick response of private security guards but had few compliments for the Port Moresby police.

"The police were too slow off the mark, as usual," he said.

Earlier this year, the restaurant was raided by a gang also armed with M16s. During that raid, employees were severely beaten and all patrons robbed of valuables.

But Howarth remained undaunted after his harrowing experience.

"It won’t put me off Ang’s," he said. "They have the best security and roast Chinese duck this side of Hong Kong."

October 26, 2004

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