8 Dec 2014

Appeal for calm in PNG when soldiers battle police

4:49 pm on 8 December 2014

Police in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, are appealing for calm as a joint investigation gets underway into a violent confrontation between soldiers and police.

Three PNGDF soldiers are in hospital with gunshot wounds after the shootout between the two forces early on Saturday morning.

The Post Courier reports that a group of soldiers were arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a nightclub in Boroko, and another group of soldiers later turned up at the police station to try and free their colleagues.

High-powered firearms were used in the clash that followed, and police and military both set up separate roadblocks near the police station and Murray Barracks, shutting down Boroko for much of the day.

The metropolitan superintendent Andy Bawa says the situation is now under control and an investigation has been set up involving both army and police, the results of which will be made known as soon as it is completed.