19 Apr 2006

Curfew declared in Solomons capital following unprecedented rioting

6:47 pm on 19 April 2006

A curfew has just come into effect in Solomon Islands.

An announcement was made on local radio a short time asking people to go home.

This follows unprecedented rioting by hundreds of people in the capital Honiara, which observers say has worsened during the day as looters have been drinking stolen alcohol.

Many buildings, including hotels and casinos, have been set ablaze and are still burning.

A government advisor, Johnson Honimae, says a curfew has just been announced.