Wanted criminal shot by police


A CRIMINAL wanted for wilful murder in West Yangoru has been shot and killed by the police mobile squad in a special operation in Yangoru-Saussia, East Sepik.
Provincial commander Robert Gesa, said the wanted criminal, who was on the run from Boram Jail in Wewak, was killed yesterday morning at Urigembi when he confronted police with a firearm.
His body is now at the Wewak General Hospital.
Gesa said the deceased, from Duningi village in West Yangoru, had been at large for a very long time before he was gunned down by Lae-based mobile squad members.
“Mobile squad officers, based on intelligence, tracked him down and gunned him down at his hideout at Urigembi when he confronted them with his firearm,” he said.
Police reported two men killed and seven others wounded in a fight between two groups in Wewak on Sunday morning.
Gesa said it was not an ethnic clash but was between settlers along both sides of the Wirui Cathedral Road.
During the clash, two men were killed and seven were wounded from gunshots, knives and wire catapults. The injured people have been admitted to Wewak General Hospital.
“Information at hand is that after a nightclub closed in the early hours of Sunday, a man from Yangoru was shot with a wire catapult by suspects from Torembi,” Gesa said.
“The man was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Between 9am and 10am on Sunday, the settlers whom the Yangoru man resided with, mobilised and retaliated.
“One used a gun to shoot two brothers on the Torembi side in Nuigo. My men made an attempt to restore peace early Monday.
“There was another attack on Torembi.
“We are discussing and trying to restore peace into the two communities.”
Gesa said Wewak was quiet except for that incident.