Lae’s Metropolitan Superintendent Commander, Anthony Wagambi Junior said, their attempt was foiled by members of the Sector Response Unit (SRU) who were on foot patrol at that location.
One of the men had a homemade gun with him and open fired.
Police gave warning shots and managed to push them back into their streets, when they returned fire.
Police pursued them giving warning shots, however the men got mixed up in the crowd celebrating New Year.
In fear of shooting bystanders, police left.