Brutal Attack Leaves Chinese Shopowner In Port Moresby Dead

Supermarket was location of similiar violence that left 4 dead in 2013

By Jerome Ikuavi and Miriam Zarriga

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 28, 2016) – One expatriate is dead and another wounded after an early morning attack on Poomo Supermarket in Koki, in Moresby South, reminiscent of a 2013 attack on the same shop in which four Chinese nationals were killed.

The attack yesterday has left one man of Chinese origin dead and another fighting for his life at St John Hospital in Gerehu.

National Capital District metropolitan commander Superintendent Ben Turi said the attack was being investigated.

According to Poomo employees working during the night, the Chinese were attacked by armed men at their house on the second floor, one  was shot, dead and the other critically wounded.

The employees said the attack happened between 2.30am and 2.45am when about four men armed with a homemade pistol and knives scaled the 4.8m brick perimeter wall with a ladder, forced open the iron window bars with a car jack and entered the house.

Sources say that they believe the men did not get anything. 

They said that as the attackers escaped they dropped their gun and weapons at the scene. Rex Nire, a caretaker of a property next to Poomo Trading, said that it was a tragic incident. It had happened before and it happened again.

“The four men had gone through the property area and climbed using a ladder made of scrap timbers,” he said.

In February this year Keith Lasi Airi, the man responsible for the 2013 hacking to death of shop/bakery owner Wang Chuanghai, his wife Jiang Qin and two other Chinese, was sentenced to death by the National Court at Waigani. Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika also jailed Aira’s accomplice Eric Laks Nako for 30 years jail in what the court described as the “the lesser role he had in the brutal killings”.

Aira and Nako killed the Chinese – Aira had chopped off Chuanghai’s head with a bushknife – while robbing the Poomo Trading supermarket in June, 2013.

Sir Gibbs had said in his ruling that the manner in which Airi had killed his victims showed that he had “no sanctity” for life and so he deserved to die. .himself.


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