Personnel to be deployed for Madang unrest: Wong

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Peter Guinness, will deploy 2 sections of Mobile Squad 13 and 1 section of Sector Response Unit Lae to Madang.

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.

So far, 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 over the weekend.

Member for Madang, Brian Kramer, has assured the people of his district that he will do all he can to ensure the current situation is resolved immediately.

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Annette Kora