Highlands News

Two Suspects in Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm Arrested

By Vasinatta Yama – EMTV News, Mt Hagen

Two men were arrested yesterday afternoon near Tari town for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm. The suspects have been detained at Tari police cell block and have also been refused bail.

Since the joint security force operation on Sunday, roadblocks have been conducted and similar arrests were made.

The two male suspects were arrested along the Nanonda Highway near Tari town. They were caught by MS 11 Wabag, who was manning a roadblock. The suspects were formally charged today for carrying bullets and a magnum handgun, from which police believed to be United States Army issued.

This is the second time in a week police have confiscated and apprehended suspects for carrying unlicensed firearms and live ammunition. Police have also confiscated other weapons such as bush knives and axes.

The Joint security forces have conducted roadblocks to stop the payback attacks and killings in Tari town.

Provincial Police Commander, Martin Lakari said the township is silent and businesses have returned to normalcy after seven people were killed in a series of payback attacks in Tari town.

The joint forces will continue roadblocks and monitor hotspot areas until peace is restored.

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