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Australian pilot, two passengers released after brief kidnapping in Papua New Guinea

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Feb 26, 2024 01:22 PM IST

The pilot and two others — believed to be telecom workers — were taken near Mount Sisa, in central Hela Province.

An Australian pilot and two local workers kidnapped at gunpoint in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea on Monday were released just hours later, according to police.

Prime Minister James Marape said that the Australian "High Commissioner has been informed on this matter". (AFP/File)
Prime Minister James Marape said that the Australian "High Commissioner has been informed on this matter". (AFP/File)

The helicopter pilot and passengers had landed at a remote telecommunications site near Mount Sisa in Hela province when an armed group took them away at gunpoint on Monday afternoon, Papua New Guinea police commissioner David Manning said in a statement.

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After several hours of negotiations with the armed group, the captives were released safe and unharmed, he said in a second statement shortly afterwards.

Police had been cleared to use lethal force against the kidnappers although they did not say whether they had resorted to violence.

The trio were kidnapped in the same province where almost a year ago to the day an Australian archaeologist and two Papua New Guinean researchers were taken and held for more than a week until a ransom was paid.

Australia's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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