Confrontation

23 injured in Black Swan confrontation

Apart from injuries, 18 vehicles belonging to Black Swan International were also damaged.

The May 20th incident allegedly stemmed from disagreements over parking space at the narrow Kanage Street road.

However, in a press conference today, the community leaders of Five-Mile distanced themselves from the issue, saying a particular family had provoked the situation.

Youths clash with opportunists at Gordon's

What started off as an argument between a youth and a taxi driver spiraled into a full-blown standoff as opportunists with weapons started chasing commuters and vendors.  

“It looked like a tribal fight,” Philip Counsel, who was on the scene at that time, told this newsroom.

“I saw men with weapons such as bush knives rushing towards the crowd, chasing the innocent members of the public.

“Mothers who were selling food, children, young women and men ran for their lives.”

Madang update: Teacher’s head returned

The deceased, from Ialibu, was a teacher at Bau Primary School, Madang Province.

Madang MP Bryan Kramer said the man was viciously attacked and killed on Tuesday, April 3, between 8pm and 10pm while his headless body was found the next day along the road.

Following his death, his family members traveled down to Madang to collect the body, insisting on the recovery of the head as well.

Personnel to be deployed for Madang unrest: Wong

This was confirmed by Police Minister Jelta Wong today.

This will boost manpower on ground to deal with the current tense situtaion that followed a standoff between youth and police on Saturday. 

The personnel are expected to depart at 10pm tonight and reach Madang by first light.

They have briefed them on tactics to use at tree felling locations and rules of engagement.

Wong said from their assessment tomorrow morning, they will decide whether or not to request air support for surveillance and insertion to certain locations in the province.

Kramer vows to resolve Madang situation

Three people have been confirmed dead while a police man is nursing very critical injuries at the Modilon hospital following a confrontation at Madang’s Four-Mile market between police and youths on Saturday.

Situation is tense following payback clashes over the decapitation of a Bau Primary School teacher from Ialibu.

“I am assuring the people that as soon as I get on the ground, this situation will be resolved,” Bryan Kramer stated.

Soldiers rampaged through detention centre: Police

In a statement, the Royal PNG Constabulary said soldiers fired several shots into the air and indiscriminately assaulted policemen, PNG Immigration officers, other service providers and asylum seekers.

The incident occurred on Friday, April 14, at about 6.30pm at the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Manus provincial police commander, Senior Inspector David Lapu, said a group of drunken soldiers, in retaliation for one of their colleagues, who was allegedly assaulted by an asylum seeker, entered the centre, shouting and throwing objects at the asylum seekers.

Investigation into Lombrum shootout starts

The incident involved soldiers and asylum seekers from the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Police and the commanding officer of the Naval Base HMPNGS Tarangau have commenced preliminary investigations, with the assistance of the management of the processing centre.

On Friday, 14 April, around 6:30pm, a group of soldiers retaliated at the Centre following the assault of a fellow officer, allegedly by the asylum seekers.

Stones were allegedly thrown into the compound. Shots were also fired however, no one was hurt by them.

PNGDF confirms Manus confrontation

In a statement, Colonel Ray Numa, says those involved in the incident on Manus on Friday will be brought to justice.

The fight erupted over the use of the naval base oval, he explains.

Col Numa says residents of the regional processing centre were supposed to vacate the oval by 6pm.

“It is alleged that when they were asked to do so to enable dependents of the base to play on the oval, some of them refused to leave.