23 Jun 2014

Soldiers burn down houses in PNG

12:22 pm on 23 June 2014

Soldiers in Papua New Guinea have burned down nine houses and destroyed several others in Kirakira village in Port Moresby.

PNG Loop reports police saying the incident was a revenge attack after a soldier died in a fight with villagers.

Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

National Capital District Police say investigations have been launched into both the death, and the subsequent attack on the village.

The PNG Defence Force Chief of Staff, Colonel Mark Goina, says a preliminary report into the burning down of the houses will be released at midday today.