by Stanley Ove Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
A supermarket at Gerehu in the nation’s capital has lost K600,000 in cash and goods after an armed robbery on Sunday afternoon.
A security guard was shot dead while attempting to stop the criminals. Eye witnesses say over 15 men armed with factory made guns stormed and robbed the supermarket.
Over the last 10 months, Gerehu in the nation’s capital has seen an increase in murders and accidents. A few weeks ago, a government-owned car ran off Gerehu’s main road, killing an innocent bystander.
Yesterday afternoon, Indian-owned Bismillah Supermarket was robbed and its security guard shot dead.
Shop worker Kerry Goviro described what happened.
The criminals stormed the store between 5pm and 6pm, armed with high powered rifles; they forced everyone to lie, face-down in the store. Two of the criminals then went to the manager’s office where he was preparing his workers allowances and took all the money.
After taking the money, the criminals shot dead the shop’s security guard after he attempted to stop them criminals from escaping.
A police vehicle chased after the criminals but failed to capture any.
The string of killings in the nation’s capital escalated further last Thursday, with the killing of a young police officer at Gordons Market.