28 Jan 2008

Police in Tonga want information on illegal firearms

6:50 am on 28 January 2008

Police in Tonga are calling for information on firearms following a rise in the use of illegal weapons.

It also follows the killing of two people in Nuku'alofa last week and an increase in shooting incidents.

The Assistant Police Commander and Officer in Command of Crime and Operation 'Unga Fa'aoa told Matangi Online that he believes the use of weapons in recent crimes is an indication of the number of illegal firearms are held in the community.

Tonga has 500 properly licensed guns.

Police are appealing for information about those who might be in possession of an illegal firearm, and are promising discretion over the source of information.