Baby handed to US soldiers amid Kabul chaos still missing

Mirza Ali Ahmadi and his wife Suraya found themselves and their five children on Aug. 19 in a chaotic crowd outside the gates of the Kabul airport in Afghanistan when a U.S soldier, from over the tall fence, asked if they needed help.

Fearing their two-month old baby Sohail would get crushed in the melee, they handed him to the soldier, thinking they would soon get to the entrance, which was only about 16 feet away.

Trio still missing at sea

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said a 50-year-old man, his 18-year-old son and 14-year-old nephew from Maso ward on Bipi Island, left on a 19-footer boat powered by a 40HP engine to western reef to dive for beche-de-mer. They were supposed to return the next day but after a no-show, the wife raised the alarm.

“A search by villagers was conducted for the trio but they could not locate them. Police were contacted and assisted with the search,” said the PPC.

One person reported missing on Milne Bay waters

Provincial disaster coordinator, Steven Tobesa, said they were travelling from Esa’ala district to Normanby Island when the incident occurred.

The search for the missing person still continues.

Tobesa told this newsroom that Milne Bay is still experiencing heavy rainfall this month.

He has issued a strong warning to locals to take extra precaution when going out to sea.

(Article by Jim John – third year UPNG Journalism student)


Missing child ends up in officer’s home

On July 1st, without her family noticing, she ran after her elder brother who had gone to Kamkumung market in Lae.

Lae police said: “Along the way, she was enticed by a young man believed to be from Highlands, when he gave her a K2 and told her that they would buy lollies. He then got her on a PMV bus with him and travelled to the Raun Wara area.

Child still missing after boating mishap

The overloaded boat, which included four other children and 25 adults, was on its way to a funeral when it encountered strong winds and rough sea.

Police in Manus say the 23 foot-60 horse powered engine left Lorengau with other boats on Thursday when they encountered strong winds and rain.

The overloaded boat with 30 passengers was nearing Pityluh Island, which is about 10 minutes out of Lorengau, when they capsized.

Most of the passengers managed to hold onto the side of the boat and drifted for half-an-hour before they were rescued by another boat from Pityluh.

Family searches for missing teen daughter

Jacklyn Dama was last seen between 8 and 10am where she resides; at the Eight-Mile settlement in the nation’s capital.

Her father, Joseph Dama, put in a police report at the Boroko Police Station today after family and relatives searched for her at various locations in the city; areas where she is known to frequent.

Her father stated that this is the first time such has happened.

He and his family are desperate for her safety. They have gone to the media to assist in locating their daughter.


Gr 2 student allegedly missing

Rihanna Kawage was last seen getting into a vehicle after school.

This information had been posted online with pictures of the elementary student and the registration number of the vehicle that allegedly picked her up.

The online post was put up on Wednesday with the vehicle registration number, claiming Kawage had been pushed into the vehicle, as if forcefully.

This newsroom was at the elementary school yesterday morning and confirmed with both the head and class teachers that the girl had not been to school for two days.

Manumanu land files were with former secretary: Minister

Minster for Lands, Justin Tkatchenko, said this after he was questioned by Kairuku-Hiri MP, Peter Isoaimo.

Isoaimo asked Minister Tkatchenko on what was being done to find the missing files and when the Commission of Inquiry would be ready.

“What is his Department going to do about this, and when is the administrative Commission of Inquiry going to be concluded and its findings be made known to the people of Kairuku-Hiri and Papua New Guinea?”

Spain to seek Syrian government help to find journalists

News have alsoemerged that a fourth journalist, a Japanese national, has gone missing in the war-torn country.

Justice Minister Rafael Catala told Spain's Cadena SER radio the government had no news regarding the three Spaniards and will contact the government in Damascus over the case.

Alert out for missing boy, 3

Police have been alerted.

A family member, Jack Nambari, posted the missing report on Facebook and voiced the fear that the boy, David Manihave, may have been snatched by a passerby.

He was last seen wearing a white collared shirt with a square design below the breast pocket and brown shorts and shoes, possibly black.

His parents are from the New Guinea Islands region.

David went missing from the BSP ATM area at Vision city at about midday yesterday.