SEARCH FOR SNIPERS CONTINUES IN SOLOMONS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 3) – In Solomon Islands, the hunt for the killers of Australian Federal Police officer Adam Dunning is continuing with road checks being set up in various areas of the capital Honiara.

Mr Dunning, 26, was shot and killed two weeks ago while on routine night patrol in Honiara. Police have since charged two suspects in connection with the sniper killing.

Meanwhile, police serving with the Regional Assistance Mission on Solomon Islands have been restricted to their base headquarters and those who leave the base are provided with an armed escort.

The Solomons suffered civil war from 1998 until in July 2003 theRegional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), made up of 2,200 Australian, New Zealand, Fijian, Tongan and Papua New Guinean forces, landed to restore order.

A multi-national Participating Police Force (PPF) is also present.

January 4, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

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