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Drunken soldiers on rampage in Port Moresby

Drunken soldiers on rampage in Port Moresby

Updated 2 September 2013, 17:06 AEST

Papua New Guinea's Defence Force says it ashamed over actions by rogue soldiers who raided a settlement, killed domesticated animals and assaulted several people.

The force's Chief of Staff Captain Alois Tom Ur says it's a very bad behaviour by soldiers based the Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby.

Firmin Nanol reports:

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

Speaker: Port Moresby Police Superintendent of Operations, Pero N'DranouChief of Staff Captain Alois Tom Ur

It's not the first time rogue soldiers or undisciplined PNGDF soldiers have gone amok and raided settlements and destroyed properties in the nation's capital.

In July this year several armed soldiers went and assaulted students at PNG's Medical School and destroyed their laptops and beddings in their dormitories.

It started over an alleged argument with student doctors at the Port Moresby general hospital and soldiers who took a patient there for treatment.

Last Saturday, soldiers from the same Taurama Barracks under the influence of liquor mobilised and went and raided a settlement close to the Jacksons International airport in Port Moresby.

They burnt four homes, slashed domesticated animals including pigs, over 1000 chickens and assaulted five men at the 7mile settlement.

Port Moresby Police Superintendent of Operations, Pero N'Dranou says it was over an incident two weeks ago where a soldier was attacked by settlers over an argument.

He says on Saturday the soldiers and settlers were supposed to make peace, it turned nasty.

The PNG Defence Force says it's ashamed of the actions of its soldiers.

Chief of Staff Captain Alois Tom Ur says those officers involved will be arrested and disciplined-including dismissal from the force.

PNG's Defence Minister Fabian Pok, in July following the incident with the medical students said to dismiss those involved, a action which is yet to been seen.

The PNG Defence Force hierarchy says such officers must be screened by trained psychiatrists to see if they were fit and proper persons recruited and trained for the military.

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