Friday, September 18, 2015

PNGDF search of Indonesian men believed being held against their will

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has confirmed that the Papua New Guinea Defence Force is searching for a group of individuals believed to be holding two male Indonesian nationals against their will close to the Indonesian border.
The Indonesian nationals are understood to have been taken last week and attempts had been underway to secure their release through peaceful means.
"When we were advised that two Indonesian nationals were likely being held against their will I ordered that contact be made with the people involved.
"Initial discussions were held, first through a mediator then through direct means.
"However the group have since changed location and Papua New Guinea Defence Force personnel are now moving to intercept the people involved.
The Prime Minister said it would not be appropriate to release further information at this time on the current operation.

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