A PLANTATION manager in East New Britain was held up at gunpoint last Friday by eight suspects.
The thieves made off with his vehicle and a substantial amount of money.
Provincial police commander Supt Anthony Billie said the incident occurred at 9am when eight masked men, armed with a shotgun and a pistol, went into the Tokiala plantation in the Gazelle area and held up the plantation manager.
The suspects ordered the manager out of his vehicle and drove off towards the Raval area.
They fled with a total of K1,000 in cash that was in the vehicle.
The suspects later abandoned the vehicle some distance away.
They also stole two two-way radios belonging to the manager.
Police managed to retrieve the vehicle later that day.
The suspects are still at large.
Supt Billie has appealed to nearby communities to come forward with any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects.
Meanwhile, in New Ireland, a Malaysian was lucky to escape death last Friday along the Buluminski Highway, when he nearly
ran into a fuel truck at a bend coming the opposite direction.
Rural Snr Insp Elizah Taksir said the accident occurred at 12.30pm when King Kui Heng, who is employed by Tutuman Development, was driving towards Namatanai.
As he was turning a bend near Karu village, an oncoming fuel truck, allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road, came straight at him.
Insp Taksir said Mr Kui quickly swung his vehicle towards the left side of the road to avoid the truck.
And because he ran on to loose gravel his vehicle overturned.
However, it was reportedly said that no one was hurt.