CHINESE NATIONAL SHOT DEAD IN PNG ROBBERY

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Victim refused to submit to gang

By Todagia Kelola PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 26, 2011) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), a Chinese national was brutally killed on the eve of Good Friday at Gordon in National Capital District (NCD) after criminals tried to hold him up.

NCD Central Commander, Fred Sheekiot revealed this yesterday.

Apart from that the city was peaceful and trouble free.

Mr. Sheekiot said the Chinese was shot at point blank range when he refused to submit to a gang who had held him up at gun point.

"Twenty minutes later, police were able to round up four suspects after the shooting. Two firearms have been recovered and the four are under interrogation at the Boroko Police Station," said Mr. Sheekiot

Mr. Sheekiot also reported a murder on Easter Saturday at Kairuku/Hiri district of the Central province, saying a man was killed after a drunken brawl.

There was also a fatal accident along the Lawes Road section of the road at Ela Beach after a vehicle lost control and overturned resulting in the death of a person.

Apart from the three incidents, Mr. Sheekiot said his Division of NCD Central experienced a very peaceful and trouble free long weekend and he attributed the situation to residents of the two areas for their cooperation and the efforts of his hard working men.

Meanwhile, police operations in the city will continue for a month and policemen and women have been urged by their Metropolitan Commander Joseph Tondop and ACP Sheekiot to be fair but firm when dealing with the public during the operation.

"Hot spots like bus stops, shopping centers, and markets should at least have some uniform presence where we can deter petty criminals like bag snatchers, pick-pocketers and trouble-makers from causing trouble. If a member of the public is caught, I appeal to you to be firm but fair and use as less force as you can," said Mr. Sheekiot.

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