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By Bonney Bonsella

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March 22) - Police yesterday revealed that 26,673 rounds of ammunition were stolen from the Defense Force Goldie River Barracks armory in Papua New Guinea early last month.

The ammunition comprises 13,768 calibers of 7.56 bullets, 5,790 of 7.62 bullets, 2,407 9-millimeter bullets, 4,670 12 gauge shot gun cartridges and 38 chain .50 link caliber bullets.

Police only recovered 1,500 rounds of ammunition, which was part of the old ammunition stockpile that was consigned for demolition. They were confiscated at the Kagamuga Airport in Mt. Hagen.

A retrenched Papua New Guinea Defense Force soldier has been arrested and charged with the Goldie River break-in. His request for bail has been turned down.

The suspect is also not helping police with their investigations. However, investigators are expecting more arrests later this week.

A civilian, an airline ticketing officer, has also been arrested in connection with the incident.

March 23, 2006

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