10 Aug 2017

Solomons' police investigate assault on NZ naval officers

8:44 am on 10 August 2017

Police in Solomon Islands are investigating an attack on two New Zealand naval personnel at a night club in Honiara on Friday.

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

The men were in the capital as part of a delegation participating in commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Police sad initial reports indicate one of the men was dancing with some local women when he was assaulted.

The second naval officer came to help his colleague but was also attacked.

One sustained injuries to his eyes, face and legs.

Police said they had identified a local suspect however they say he has left the country but will be questioned on his return.

The police were calling anyone who witnessed the attack to come forward.