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Mobile Police Unit to Bulolo

Staff Reporter 9/12/2013 | |
A police mobile squad will be dispatched to the troubled black cat trail area in Bulolo to restore law and order following the death of two local porters and injuring of several Australian tourist trekkers, on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neil told parliament yesterday, that it is regrettable that such killings are becoming too frequent, and are caused by a minority group of drug and alcohol addicts in communities.

The Prime Minister when alerted of the incident quickly intervened and the police eye in the sky helicopter was dispatched to Bulolo early yesterday morning, to assist local police in the apprehension of the suspects.

Bulolo MP Sam Basil informed the house that there is mounting pressure from locals in his area for the full removal of all police personnel in Wau who locals believe have compromised their jobs, the suspects responsible for the attack on the trekkers are locals known by Wau police and they include three escapees from the local Police station.

Mr. Basil further asked O'Neil who is also the police minister that the perpetrators be trailed under the death penalty, a juncture that got the applauding support of members on the floor of parliament.

Mr. Basil said it is equally important now the government assist the Tourism Promotion Authority in providing vital security to tourists.

Prime Minister O'Neil says he's considered a similar arrangement in Bali where tourist police accompany tourists, the same concept he anticipates could be applied in PNG
PNG has a great tourism potential and and such incidents like that of the trekkers in Bulolo is one of the many causes that has allowed PNG not realise the value of the tourism industry.

Meanwhile, the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby has issued an advise to Australian tourist trackers to avoid the Black Cat trail until police investigations are complete.

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