The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

Papua New Guinea: the three kidnapped people, including the New Zealand pilot, have been released

2024-02-26T14:43:52.165Z

Highlights: An Australian helicopter pilot and two others who were kidnapped in the Papua New Guinea highlands have been freed. Abducted Monday afternoon near Mount Sisa, in an isolated area of the central province of Hela where they had gone to work on a telecommunications tower. A wave of kidnappings and tribal violence in the highlands of New Guinea has left several hundred dead in recent years. Last week, more than 50 bodies were found alongside a main road following clashes between rival clans. The government is under great pressure to strengthen security in the region.


The highlands of Papua New Guinea have been plagued by violence in recent years. An Australian helicopter pilot and


An Australian helicopter pilot and two others who were kidnapped in the Papua New Guinea highlands, a region plagued by violence in recent years, have been freed.

Abducted Monday afternoon near Mount Sisa, in an isolated area of ​​the central province of Hela where they had gone to work on a telecommunications tower, they are now "safe and sound", said the police of this state island in the Pacific Ocean.

“Through local leaders, the kidnappers were warned that police would not hesitate to use lethal force to free the hostages,” Police Commissioner David Manning said.

As the police and the army approached the area, the kidnappers - currently wanted in order to "be brought to justice", continued David Manning - let the three men return to their helicopter.

A wave of kidnappings and tribal violence in the highlands of New Guinea has left several hundred dead in recent years.

Also read: In Papua New Guinea, we burn witches

Last week, more than 50 bodies were found alongside a main road following clashes between rival clans.

The government is under great pressure to strengthen security in the region.

“I want to inform everyone that crime does not pay, it ultimately leads to the arrest or death of criminals,” Papua Prime Minister James Marape told AFP.

The UN was moved last week on the social network to respect for human rights.

Highland communities, especially women and girls, must be protected.

»

#PapuaNewGuinea: We urge the Govt.

to address escalating tribal violence & to engage w/ provincial and local leaders in a dialogue to achieve lasting peace & respect for human rights.



Highland communities, particularly women & girls, must be protected.

— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) February 20, 2024

In mid-February, a video of a 38-year-old New Zealand pilot was released.

He was captured in February 2023 by the Papuan separatist group TPN-PB when he had just landed in a remote area to evacuate 15 workers who were building a health center there.

VIDEO.

New Zealand pilot Phillip Mark Mehrtens spoke to his loved ones in December

Dated December 23, 2023, the video shows Phillip Mark Mehrtens addressing his family for the first time in over six months.

“I'm fine, they're treating me well… I'm trying to stay positive and I hope that you and Jacob are healthy, that you're doing well and that you're getting support,” Phillip, physically weakened, had tried to reassure.

Source: leparis

All tech articles on 2024-02-26

You may like

News/Politics 2024-04-12T10:41:01.583Z
News/Politics 2024-03-31T09:06:07.687Z

Trends 24h

Latest

© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.