PNG mob rampage after death in custody

A violent mob has rampaged through a major town in Papua New Guinea, looting and burning buildings after police allegedly murdered a young man in custody.

The man was allegedly bashed to death by police in Kimbe, the provincial capital of West New Britain, on Friday, after being arrested for spitting in public.

The next day more than 1,000 people joined angry relatives and the mob went on a vengeful rampage, with police powerless to stop them.

Commander Richard Mulou says the district treasury and a supermarket were burned to the ground, two police cars were torched and several shops looted.

“I cannot put a figure to the total cost of damages done to properties, government properties and shops but it would definitely be in the millions,” he said.

Two policemen have been arrested and charged with murder.

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