15 Apr 2019

More arrests over Solomon Islands election violence

2:21 pm on 15 April 2019

A further five arrests have been made in Solomon Islands over violence linked to this month's election.

Police said they arrested the five men on Sunday after they allegedly threw rocks at a church in East Guadalcanal where people were praying.

Initial police reports linked the attack to frustrations over a losing candidate in the election on 3 April.

The suspects have been sent to Honiara for court processing.

It's the second incident in Guadalcanal province after five suspects were arrested for election related fighting last Monday.

Provincial police chief superintendent Evelyn Thugea called for calm.

"I appeal to the good people of Guadalcanal Province to accept the outcome of the election, and for them to respect each other and not resort to unlawful acts," she said.