Eyewitnesses Provide Account of Gurakor Market Shooting

by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV, Lae

Another group of eyewitnesses of the Gurakor Market confrontation, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, claim that youths at the village also shot at police on Saturday.

The group of eyewitnesses are part of a Lae-based company that were transporting cargo up to Bulolo on Saturday.

The eyewitnesses say they were parked at the market when the confrontation between youths at Gurakor Village and the police happened. An eyewitness from Gurakor also confirmed on Saturday that there was a confrontation, with shots fired.

According to the eyewitnesses, who frequently transport cargo up the highway, shots were fired by youths, resulting in police personnel retreating for cover. This follows allegations made by the Gurakor people that 50-year-old mother of seven children and several grandchildren, Gedisau Yanan, died of a stray bullet.

Morobe Governor Kelly Naru called for swift action to be taken by police to investigate the incident.

Provincial Commander Kaiglo Ambane also personally visited the village on Saturday to assure the people that investigations will be carried out to find the cause of death. It is understood that a post mortem will be carried out to reveal the cause of Gedisau Yanan’s death, which is still unknown.

Bulolo Highway remains open for public use. Bulolo MP Sam Basil will also address Gurakor villagers this afternoon. Also, in Mumeng today, Basil and Mumeng LLG President Okam Paton received a petition from the Zenag people asking for the surrender of eight suspects.

They are wanted for the Kumalu incident, where a man was chopped in the hands and two women were raped during attempts to cross the flooded river.

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