PNGDF soldiers from the LNG project were deployed to assist Tari police to contain a situation in Tari town following a clash between police and locals on Tuesday.
At least two deaths and two injuries have been reported while a police base was burnt to the ground. The fight happened on Tuesday following an incident, which lead to the burning down of the single quarters belonging to the Tari Based mobile police Unit.
Southern Highlands PPC, Superintendent Mark Yangen said no further causalities have been reported since Tuesday but the situation remained tense. Superintendent Yangen said the fight broke out between the locals and the police after an argument.
The police allegedly opened fire and shot two men and injured two others. The locals, in a retaliatory attack, burnt down the single-male quarters.
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