11 Aug 2006

Indonesian fisherman in PNG shot in bid to disable outboard motor

3:20 pm on 11 August 2006

It has been revealed that an Indonesian fisherman was killed in Papua New Guinea waters this week by a PNGDF soldier firing shots to try and disable the man's outboard motor.

The killing has prompted a call for answers from the government in Jakarta.

The chief of staff of the PNG Defence Force, Captain Tom Ur, says soldiers and police had been asked to join one of the regular fisheries patrols near the border town of Vanimo.

He says they came upon around 12 boats and pursued them when they failed to stop.

"They fired a few warning shots but these guys continued trying to escape, so the next thing they did was try for the outboard motor. I think because of the unstable platform they got the guy sitting at the back."