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They fired into group of kids

By Clifford Faiparik

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Oct. 22, 2008) - Three police officers allegedly involved in the killing of three Porgera Primary School students and injuring 28 others in Enga province were dismissed last Wednesday.

The National Court had found them guilty of willful murder, but is yet to rule on penalties.

Enga provincial police commander Superintendant Michael Chare said the incident involving Inspector Felix Nembanat, Sergeant Richard Koki and First Constable Paul Pani took place on October 31, 2005.

Internal police investigations into the incident started in December 2005 when the policemen were suspended without pay. Last Wednesday, the trio were served their dismissal notices.

Nembanat was the police mobile squad (MS) 12 commander, Koki was the Porgera police station commander and Pani was a member of MS12.

According to reports, the three men had gone to the school after the headmaster and his deputy had demanded that police return PGK900 that was taken from other teachers at a police roadblock.

The PGK900 was from students’ contribution for their end-of-the-year party.

Reports said stones and other objects were hurled at the policemen who retaliated by firing their police-issued weapons into a group of students.

Three students were killed instantly and more than 20 injured.

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