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PM O'Neill condemns attempted Grenade bomb attack on NCD Police Superintendent Benjamin Turi

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has directed Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari to convene a meeting of heads from the country’s disciplinary forces to create tough regulation that would better control high-powered weapons.
Prime Minister O’Neill’s directive comes after Thursday’s attack on NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Benjamin Turi, which allegedly involved a hand grenade that exploded at his official Gerehu residence.
The attack proved ineffective as there were no casualties, but police investigations are currently underway to determine the perpetrator(s) and the motive.
“This is absolutely unheard of in Papua New Guinea and it’s a sad day for the country when we learn of people who use hand grenades and high-powered weapons to attack families.”
“I have stressed to the Police Commissioner and his team to arrest the culprits and make sure they are brought to justice,” PM O’Neill said.
Online reports suggest the attack follow grievances from police officers that were recently suspended for cases of abuse and brutality, but this is yet to be verified through police investigations.
The attack also spurred an online galore of censure from citizens who have described it a barbaric act of terrorism.
“We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior in this country – we are not a terrorist country because we are a peace and loving people.”
“If people have differences with anyone there are systems in place and they must be resolved within their confines and difference must not affect the lives of individuals and especially our law enforcement officers.”
“I send my sympathies to Mr. Turi and his family, he is a hardworking policeman and he just recently took up the post as the Port Moresby’s top cop – he’s done a great job and we are fully behind him,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.
Photo Caption: PNG Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill

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