Troops to be deployed to SHP

Police and PNG Defence Force reinforcements will be sent into the Southern Highlands Province to help restore normalcy.

This follows the killing of two police officers during the weekend in what was believed to be an election-related incident.

The reinforcements will also assist in the detection and arrest of the murder suspects.

A team of police investigators, including police forensic officers, are currently in Wabag. They are investigating the July killing of policemen. After that they will travel to Southern Highlands to reconstruct the crime scene.

Commissioner for Police, Gari Baki, confirmed this when speaking to media yesterday.

Baki condemned the senseless killing and wanton destruction of public property in the province.

He said police will take the strongest measures to bring to justice all those involved in the killing and destruction of property.

He appealed to residents in the province with information on the killing to come forward and help police with the investigations.

“I am also appealing to all leaders from the Southern Highlands Province, both elected as well as those losing candidates, to step in and take ownership and control their people,” Baki said.

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Annette Kora