28 Feb 2005

Six men in PNG die following chase near Lae

2:26 pm on 28 February 2005

Papua New Guinea authorities have recovered the bodies of six young men who fell to their deaths while being pursued by villagers and police near Lae in Morobe province.

The Post Courier newspaper says the six, who were all carrying arms, were suspected of planning to hold up a government payroll delivery.

The youths, from a nearby settlement, were fleeing from villagers down the main road when they were intercepted by a police vehicle.

With nowhere to run, the youths plunged down a steep mountainside into the Erap river.

Their bodies were recovered over the weekend.