27 Jan 2015

PNG village demands payout over killing

7:10 am on 27 January 2015

Papua New Guinea's police commissioner says an investigation is underway into a police shooting at a Port Moresby market, and has promised that those responsible will face justice.

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki

Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki Photo: RNZI

The city's metropolitian superintendent has also met with elders of Hanuabada village, who have demanded 4 million US dollars compensation for the killings.

Jamie Tahana reports.

A Police spokesperson, Dominic Kakas, says the investigation team has already interviewed a number of family members and witnesses.

He says it appears the killing occured when national capital district reservists stormed the market to disperse betel nut vendors and the two men died in subsequent clashes.

He says the police commissioner, Geoffrey Vaki, has promised that police will arrest those responsible for the killings, saying there is no place in the force for trigger happy officers.

A road block through the village remains in place, and Mr Kakas says police are respecting a ban that has been placed on officers from entering Hanuabada.

This is Jamie Tahana