2 Nov 2005

PNG policeman suspended after officers shoot dead two children

5:03 pm on 2 November 2005

A police commander in Papua New Guinea has been suspended as an internal investigation gets under way into why officers shot dead two schoolchildren.

The station commander at Porgera has been removed from duty and police officers are likely to be flown to Enga province as part of the internal investigation.

At least two children were shot dead during a confrontation between police and stone-throwers at Paiam primary school near Porgera on Monday.

The Porgera gold mine funds community development in Paiam, including the primary school.

A spokesman for Porgera, Mel Togolo, says the company has sent staff doctors to help at the hospital.

"We are concerned for what has happened. We are trying our very best to assist wherever we can to help the community to resolve the various issues."

The Enga provincial governor, administrator, landowners, police commander and mine managers have been in a crisis meeting on the issue.