SECOND SNIPER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SOLOMONS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 29) – In Solomon Islands, a 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in relation to the October shooting of a Regional Assistance Mission police vehicle.

The accused, Philip Suiga Kwaimani, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in relation to shooting at a Participating Police Force vehicle in October, wounding a Nauruan police officer.

Police last week charged a man in connection with the shooting death of an Australian Federal Police (AFP) Protective Services officer in Solomon Islands last week. Ome, 31, is charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder under Solomon Islands law.

Officer Adam Dunning was shot dead in a sniper-style attack while on patrol in Honiara

Kwaimani, who was described as unemployed, was arrested by the participating police force and Royal Solomon Islands Police, supported by members of the Australian Defence Force, in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in court again on the twelfth of January.

December 30, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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