15 Mar 2004

PNG town Kainantu quiet after last week's riot

4:38 pm on 15 March 2004

A provincial police commander in Papua New Guinea says the town of Kainantu is being closely monitored after a riot involving 200 people last week.

Eastern Highlands Superintendent, Phillip Solala, says the riot caused more than 6,000 US dollars worth of damage to shops and vehicles.

Mr Solala says he met local community leaders on Friday and he says things seem to have regained a sense of normalcy.

"Police are looking into this matter. The weekend has been quiet and the situation has returned to normal. Police are monitoring the situation at the moment.."

Mr Solala says he has learnt that the riot started between groups of people from Wabag and locals over a dispute before the courts.