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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 6) – "Run them down!"

That was the call from Mamose police chief Giossi Labi to motorists in Lae City if they encounter criminals trying to hold them up.

"If you see anyone standing in the middle of the road with a gun and who is not a policeman, run them down," Mr Labi urged motorists yesterday.

He made the call while commenting on the sudden increase in armed hold-ups and car thefts in the city.

Over the past three weeks, during which the city and surrounding areas experienced heavy rains, there has been an increase in armed hold-up incidents, break and enter and stealing and car thefts.

Mr Labi said criminals might have taken advantage of the heavy rains, which have caused potholes to appear everywhere on the roads, to attack motorists.

He said the increase in those crimes was unfortunate, as Lae had experienced a long period of peace.

Mr labi said the crime rates in the province have been at their lowest in a long time.

However, in recent weeks, there had been a dramatic increase in break and enter and armed robberies in Lae.

"Armed hold-ups, for some reason, seem to be becoming an everyday occurrence," he said.

Many of the attacks are occurring in broad daylight.

September 7, 2005

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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