27 Jan 2015

After shooting, some PNG police stripped of guns and cars

7:53 pm on 27 January 2015

120 police reservists in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, have been ordered to hand in their guns and vehicles by the end of today.

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle

A Papua New Guinea police vehicle Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

The National Capital District Metropolitan Commander, Andy Bawa, says the reservist unit has been stood down until an investigation into an alleged police shooting in Hanuabada last week is completed.

Two betel nut vendors were killed when police reservists allegedly opened fire on a crowd.

However, PNG Loop reports the NCD government has expressed disappointment over the move, with Deputy City Manager Social Services Honk Kiap saying it's unfair the unit has been penalised because not all his men were involved.