12 Oct 2005

Police in Vanuatu take seven people into custody over killing of villager

4:19 pm on 12 October 2005

Police in Vanuatu say they've arrested seven people in connection with the killing of a man in Toak village on Ambrym Island.

The death occurred after a man was attacked with bamboo spears and knives on Saturday over an on-going land dispute.

Police Chief of Staff, Captain Robson Lavro, says discussions have been held with community leaders, and there's been a reconciliation between the families involved in the incident.

Police had stopped people moving from village to village because 2,000 people from Toak were reported to be demanding revenge but Captain Lavro says following the reconciliation, that's now been lifted.

And, he says no further violence is expected.

"We hope that what the police have done whilst the police were on Ambrym, you know put some time and allow people to enjoy life back there now. We don't hope there should be any more problems or difficulties in this problem in the near future."

Vanuatu Police Chief of Staff Captain Robson Lavro.

The investigation is expected to continue for another two to three weeks.