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Solomon Islands unrest leaves 3 people dead

Solomon Islands unrest leaves 3 people dead

By Semi Turaga
Saturday 27/11/2021
[Image: cnn.com]

Solomon Islands police say three bodies have been discovered in a burnt-out building in the capital Honiara, the first reported deaths after days of rioting.

The bodies were discovered in a store in the Chinatown district.

ABC News reports the streets of the capital remained relatively quiet this morning as locals began to assess the damage left by days of rioting.

A curfew had been imposed on the restive capital overnight after the third day of violence that saw Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's home come under attack.

Australian peacekeepers, who arrived in the country also joined police on the streets to restore order and protect critical infrastructure.

An initial 23 members of the Australian Federal Police were already on the ground, along with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Up to 50 more were to be deployed as well as an additional 40 ADF personnel which would bring the contingent up to 116.

Security personnel from Papua New Guinea also arrived in Honiara yesterday to assist local authorities.

[Source: Abc.net.au]


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