Troops yet to be deployed to Mendi

Security personnel are yet to make an appearance in Mendi town, Southern Highlands Province.

According to sources on ground, the situation has remained unchanged since the killing of the police officers.

The two policemen were killed in a daylight ambush on Sept 30, 2017, while another officer was wounded.

In fear of their lives, Police in Mendi are now moving around in civilian wear.

Sources state that since the killing, Mendi is yet to see services return to normal.

Shopping centres, business houses, Air Niugini and even BSP remain closed, forcing public servants to travel out to other provinces to use and make transactions.

Locals are calling on the provincial government as well as the police to move in as soon as possible to contain the situation and restore normalcy in Mendi.

Attempts to get in touch with the provincial police commander and the police commissioner on why troops have not been deployed into the province yet were unsuccessful.

Annette Kora