By JUNIOR UKAHA
TWO members of a gang were shot dead by police in Bulolo, Morobe, last Saturday following a failed kidnap attempt.
Provincial police commander Supt Augustine Wampe said the two were part of a gang that held up Baiyune High School principal Christopher Elap and his son and took them hostage in a school vehicle that was under Elap.
Wampe said the incident happened at around 9pm in the school premises.
“The gang, with hostages inside the vehicle, drove towards Bulolo town but the vehicle broke down in the middle of the road,” Wampe said.
“The gang left the vehicle with the kidnapped victims inside and fled on foot.”
“They swam across the Bulolo River and tried to escape but police arrived and shots were exchanged” he said.
“Police shot two of them and recouped three homemade guns and K150 in cash,” Wampe said.
Bulolo police station commander Inspector Leo Kaikas said his men received a distress call from teachers at the school about 20minutes after the incident and responded.
Kaikas said the gang was planning to use the school’s vehicle to commit another robbery in the township when they were intercepted.
Kaikas identified the deceased as Eya David, 40, from Biawaria and Etepe-Temani.
“Both men are wanted criminals from Lae,” Kaikas said.
“They were wanted by police for questioning over a string of robberies in Lae,” he said.
Kaikas warned criminals not to go into Bulolo hoping to make a big hit and get away with it.
He said police in Bulolo were on alert and would take down any criminal in the mining township.
By JUNIOR UKAHA