1 Mar 2010

Grenade kills PNG policewoman and fugitive

1:09 pm on 1 March 2010

A Papua New Guinea policewoman died when a fugitive accidentally blew himself up with a hand grenade while trying to escape from police custody.

The newspaper, The National, says the fugitive, Pawa Moni, had been on the run since 2008 but was arrested in the Western Highlands Province on Friday night for a string of offences, including bank robberies and murder.

He tried to escape from the police vehicle in Mt Hagen but accidentally detonated a hidden hand grenade, killing himself and a policewoman, Selly Mol.

Police say three other policemen were hurt in the explosion.

The newspaper says this type of incident was the first of its kind in PNG.