8 Mar 2011

Residents in a Vanuatu suburb want guns for protection following murders

10:29 am on 8 March 2011

Residents of a suburb in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila are reportedly demanding the government allow them to have guns to protect themselves after a third murder in their area.

The Daily Post reports some residents of the Freshwota area say they've had enough of murder, thefts and harassment, and are also calling for a curfew for the suburb, and for more to be done to address unemployment and drug use among young people.

The paper reports that follows the death of Kenneth Killa who was stabbed with a knife outside his home on Thursday.

A mother and her three-year-old daughter were killed in the same area last April.

The police say a group of males broke into houses in Freshwota last Wednesday, harassing residents and stealing cash and valuables, along with a bush knife they believe was used in the latest murder.

The Daily Post understands police have apprehended suspects in connection with the murder.

But it reports thieves were still operating in the area on Friday.