PNG Soldiers Burn Houses In Kirakira Revenge Attack

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Police are investigating, arrests of those involved reportedly imminent

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 23, 2014) – Soldiers in Papua New Guinea have burned down nine houses and destroyed several others in Kirakira village in Port Moresby.

PNG Loop reports police saying the incident was a revenge attack after a soldier died in a fight with villagers.

National Capital District Police say investigations have been launched into both the death, and the subsequent attack on the village.

[PIR editor’s note: RNZI later reported that "Papua New Guinea police have been ordered to arrest the soldiers involved in the burning of nine houses, and the destruction of several others, in Kirakira village in Port Moresby. … The acting police commander Geoffrey Vaki says he has ordered staff from the Criminal Investigation Department to interview the villagers and that arrests are imminent."]

The PNG Defence Force Chief of Staff, Colonel Mark Goina, says a preliminary report into the burning down of the houses will be released at midday today

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