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Police raided militants’ camp

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, March 27, 2008) – At least four men, including their commander, were killed last week after ex-combatants and police raided a Me’ekamui faction camp in Wisai, Buin in South Bougainville.

This came about as serious fighting continues in Wisai, and as more ex-combatants from different parts of Bougainville have flooded into Oria since last week to hunt Damien Koike and his armed gang who claim to be members of the Me’ekamui faction.

The raid took place in an undisclosed location along the Laludi River, about four kilometres from Oria village.

A policeman stationed in Oria, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the raid and said the camp was used by the commander and his men as their hideout to plan and carry out illegal activities in the Wisai area.

The policeman said after a tip off by some locals, police and members of Wisai Liberation Movement, known as WILMO, sent a patrol into the area.

He said the patrol was confronted with a series of shots and the boys responded, killing the commander and some of his men.

The policeman said survivors had fled into the Sansaro range to regroup with their leader, Damien Koike.

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