Police in the Papua New Guinea highlands say an angry mob has burned buildings and vehicles owned by the country's prime minister to express their anger about the outcome of recent elections.
- Vandals targeted a construction company and airline owned by Peter O'Neill
- The mob also damaged government and media organisation offices
- Dozens of people have died in violence related to the 2017 national election
Crowds in the Southern Highlands capital of Mendi stormed businesses belonging to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, and also damaged the offices of the national airline, the National Broadcasting Corporation and the Department of Works.
Mendi's acting police station commander Inspector Edward Aupong said the mob appeared to target a construction company and airline owned by the Prime Minister.
"Wildcat [Constructions] was actually destroyed and Southwest Airlines office was also broken into," he said.
"The Wildcat office is down to ashes."
PNG's Electoral Commission only declared the result in the Southern Highlands on September 28, two months after an election marred by violence, interference and corruption allegations.
Inspector Aupong said the violence was a reaction to the declaration.
"It may have been the political aftermath, when the declaration was made for the Governor's seat in the Southern Highlands," he said.
"When [incumbent Governor William] Powi was declared, maybe the other candidates' supporters may not have been too pleased with what happened, so they take it on themselves to do these unnecessary things."
Inspector Aupong said two police officers were also killed in an ambush in the Highlands Highway on the weekend.
He said the mob also tried to release prisoners from the Mendi jail.
"The commander just told us that there was an attempt last night to release the prisoners," he said.
"They are now arranging for the prisoners to be transported to Mt Hagen.
"The situation is a problem that may be beyond our control, I think, with the limited resources that we have."
Dozens of people, including other police, have died in violence related to the 2017 national election.