Rival PNG Security Companies’ Personnel Clash In Lae

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Tensions escalated after contract for security switched

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, March 13, 2013) – Clashes between security guards from rival companies have caused havoc in Papua New Guinea's second biggest city, Lae.

There was a scuffle last night when guards from Guard Dog Security took over a contract from Executive Security Systems to secure a business on Lae's outskirts.

The tension intensified overnight and this morning there were clashes between the groups outside several businesses in the Central Business District.

The Lae Yacht Club was ransacked by scores of Guard Dog employees armed with knives and sticks because it was guarded by Executive Security Systems.

The club's general manager, Sinan Bilsel, says one guard was stabbed and the club has been badly damaged.

"This would be the scariest moment in my life," he said.

Police say the situation is now calm and the guards have returned to their bases.

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