26 Apr 2016

Manhunt underway after Solomons village torched

12:42 pm on 26 April 2016

Police in Solomon Islands have arrested one man and are searching for several others after a small village on Guadalcanal was torched on Sunday.

A witness told the Solomon Star that around 40 men armed with knives, stones and other weapons entered the village while most of its residents were at church and started setting houses alight.

Women and children ran into the bush to hide while the attackers proceeded to burn down five houses and damaged vehicles, water tanks and food gardens.

Victims were evacuated by police to Christian missions in the area.

The incident is thought to have been over a dispute regarding the land on which the villagers, who were not from the area, had settled.