SUVA POLICE DOUBT REPORTS OF SYRINGES AND INJECTIONS

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, August 1) – Fiji police say syringes were not used in reports of several people being attacked in public in Suva last the weekend.

Police spokeswoman Prashila Narayan said investigations revealed the attackers used sewing tacking pins to prick their victims.

"The necessary searches were conducted and we have not found any such paraphernalia to support the allegation that the six complainants were indeed injected with any substance as such."

Narayan said preliminary medical findings support this conclusion.

She said the incident had raised concerns about the degree to which a prank can get so out of control and lead to near-hysteria amongst members of the public.

Police would be forwarding the matter to Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.

Four women believed to be 18 and 26 years old allegedly attacked six people with sharp objects on different occasions in Suva last weekend.

Earlier reports said the victims may have been injected with unknown substances.

The incidents allegedly occurred outside the Village Six Cinemas and the market in Suva.

August 2, 2006

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