Gang strikes

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A SECURITY guard was shot dead while another is fighting for his life at the Mt Hagen
General Hospital after they were ambushed by criminals in Mt Hagen in the early hours of yesterday.
The ambush happened around 2.30am when the two guards, who were employed by the Mt Hagen-based Guard Dog Security Service, were attacked by the criminals who were trying to break into the ABCO Transport company yard and steal a container loaded with cigarettes.
According to information available, the heavily armed criminals knew that the container, owned by the ABCO transport company, was in the yard and had gone there with the intention of ransacking it.
The 10-man gang, who were armed with high-powered weapons, cut open the fence, entered the yard and opened fire on the guards, killing one instantly.
Guard Dog Security Service said yesterday that the other guard, who received pellet wounds, was fighting for his life at the intensive care unit of the Mt Hagen General Hospital.
It said police arrived at the scene soon after the shooting and exchanged gunfire with the criminals, who managed to escape after a lengthy gun battle, from 2.30am to about 4am.
A medical staff at the Mt Hagen General Hospital, who did not want to be named, told The National that the wounded guard was in a serious condition.
The staff said that gun pellets had penetrated the guard’s shoulder and he was undergoing treatment.
Mt Hagen branch manager for Guard Dog Security, Bernard Pomo, said he could not comment further because of the seriousness of the situation.
He said his employees were in a state of shock because the two guards were attacked for no apparent reason.Western Highlands provincial police commander Chief Supt Kaiglo Ambane confirmed the shooting, saying police are investigating.