Stone throwing villagers in Solomons drive off armed robbers

12:47 pm on 7 February 2019

The police in Solomon Islands are investigating an armed robbery in the Shortland Islands allegedly involving Bougainvilleans from across the border in Papua New Guinea.

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Photo: RNZ/Koroi Hawkins

The police said early yesterday a group of heavily armed masked men went ashore at Maleai village and began firing their high powered weapons injuring one villager.

The men also threatened and wounded a foreign businessman before robbing him of property including a very large sum of money.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reported village chief Edward Kingmele saying all the commotion woke the rest of the village.

He said people rallied together and drove the men off by throwing stones at them.

The police are continuing to investigate.