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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 2) – An armed gang forced a Chinese driver and his daughter out of a vehicle then escaped in the truck in a rare hold-up at the Guadalcanal Plains hours before the New Year.

Sources said the Chinese also escaped with a minor cut on his hand after the thugs unsuccessfully wield a bush on his arms.

The attack on the Chinese was one of many in the Guadalcanal Plains over the Christmas-New Year periods, during which police say many other vehicles were also stoned.

Sources said the man and his daughter were sightseeing in the Balasuna area, when the men appeared, stopped and forced them out of the vehicle.

Before escaping the men attempted to injure the Chinese with a knife which he defended resulting in a minor cut to his hand.

Police were unable to confirm the injury but confirmed that a hold-up did take place.

A spokesman from the SIPF said police had retrieved the vehicle, which also sustained damages.

He said police are investigating the case.

However, sources said the police’s slow response had resulted in the vehicle being badly damaged, with some of its parts being removed.

Solomon Star understands that the owner of the vehicle had asked for police intervention on the New Year’s night but they were unable to response swiftly.

The source claimed that the slow response has resulted in the vehicle losing most of its parts.

Initially, the owner had asked for PPF’s assistance in the night to escort SIPF to retrieve the vehicle, but the former refused, sources said.

But police said PPF did not refuse but there were operation issues that prevented them from going there.

A concerned businessman said the latest hold up further damages the trust and confidence business people have in the community.

He said such an illegal action depicts badly on Solomon Islands as a community especially those who involved in such a nasty incident.

Police say besides the hold-up they received reports of vehicle stoning and attempted hold-up in other parts of the Guadalcanal roads.

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