12 Mar 2004

PNG police probe reported riot in Eastern Highlands town

2:27 pm on 12 March 2004

Police in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands province are investigating reports of a riot involving nearly 200 people in the town of Kainantu.

A delegation from the provincial capital, Goroka, is travelling to the town this afternoon.

All businesses in the town were closed yesterday after a group of men reportedly started damaging shop fronts, looting and turning vehicles over.

Police say the trouble appears to have started between a group from Wabag and a group of locals.

The dispute is reported to be over a relationship between a boy and a girl from each area.