Statement on Tonolei Incident
The Autonomous Bougainville Government is aware of the incident that transpired on the morning of September 28, 2022 at the Tonolei Harbour, Buin District, South Bougainville.
The early morning assault claimed the lives of two locals as well as an expatriate who were based at the site of the Tonolei Integrated Agricultural Project.
Several other persons were also injured during the raid that saw the destruction of several millions of kinas worth of property and the unnecessary loss of innocent lives.
The Government appeals for calmer heads to prevail as we work towards a peaceful solution to the issue.
ABG Vice President and Minister for Commerce Trade Industry Hon. Patrick Nisira urged Bougainvilleans especially those on social media to refrain from creating speculation on the issue and aggravate an already tense situation.
Mr Nisira said that in light of the sensitivity of the issue and respect for the innocent lives lost in this tragedy the government will not release further information until the Bougainville Police can ascertain the nature of the attack.
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