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  03 Oct 2022, 13:11

Armed raid kills three at Papua New Guinea logging camp

 PORT MORESBY, Oct 3, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - A heavily armed group has killed at 
least three people and injured several more at a logging camp in Papua New 
Guinea's Bougainville island, police and local government officials said.

The group attacked the camp in Tonolei -- in the south of the self-governing 
region of Bougainville -- on Wednesday, the island's authorities said in a 
statement.

Police said their officers were still unable to access the logging camp on 
Monday, which has been occupied by the armed group.

"The early morning assault claimed the lives of two locals as well as an 
expatriate who were based at the site of the Tonolei Integrated Agricultural 
Project," the Autonomous Bougainville Government said.

Bougainville police chief Francis Tokura told AFP that a Malaysian national 
was among those killed.

Several others were missing, Papua New Guinea media said.

The motivation for the attack remains unclear, but government officials 
called for calm between groups involved in the violence.

Papua New Guinea's Post Courier newspaper said around 50 men had entered the 
camp on Wednesday and began shooting at workers. 

Land disputes have previously triggered violence in the area, the paper said.

 


 

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