Looters attack Madang shops

Police in Madang are on full alert after Madang Town came under siege by locals today.

Police are deployed to patrol the streets on a 24-hour basis to keep the once upon a time beautiful Madang Town from further destruction.

According to police sources, their operation will last at least a week to ensure no  further destruction of properties in Madang.

Police said the riot led to shops, mainly owned  by Asians and resulted  from a  protest called by locals but rejected by police.

The protest notice was turned down by police. Opportunists took advantage of the situation and damaged stores mainly owned by the Asians.

Police alleged a local was attacked during the melee but this is yet to be confirmed.