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Hunt On For Police Assailants

Hunt On For Police Assailants
A photograph of the damaged Police vehicle after four Police officers were attacked by a group of men in Nabua on August 3, 2018. Photo: Fiji Police Force
August 04
11:00 2018

The hunt is on for a group of people allegedly involved in an attack on four Police of­ficers at Nabua, Suva, yesterday morning.

Six men have been arrested as a result of Police investigations.

Five men are being questioned while one has been taken to the Co­lonial War Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

However, Police are stepping up the manhunt for others involved in the attack.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has warned that no stone will be left unturned in the investigation.

“We will not rest until everyone in­volved in this attack is arrested and if you want to support the attacks against police officers, stand ready to face the consequences when the law takes its course,” he said.

Police Constables Waisale Seni­kavika, Ronald Kumar, Robakibau Drotini and Special Constable Ta­likai Kavou based at the Southern Highway Division were on routine patrol at about 2am yesterday when they saw the occupants of two vehi­cles acting in a suspicious manner.

When they approached the group they saw that the men were alleg­edly armed.

They two groups fled the scene in their car and the officers gave chase which ended at the Mead Road Housing, where it is alleged the two vehicles blocked the police car from the front and rear.

The occupants of the two vehicles allegedly struck the police car with iron rods while others stoned the vehicle while the officers were still inside, unable to get out.

While back up was being called in, driver PC Senikavika said he kept moving the vehicle to try and ma­noeuvre the car from where it was wedged between the private vehi­cles while the attacks continued.

The Police vehicle sustained ex­tensive damage.

In a matter of minutes close to 60 officers from various Southern Di­vision Units arrived at the scene to assist their comrades.

Brigadier-General Qiliho praised the actions of the officers who re­mained steadfast in the execution of their duties amidst the terrify­ing ordeal.

He has warned that officers will not rest until all those involved are arrested for attacking the officers.

“The reality is that when close to 900,000 of Fiji’s population are tucked away safely in their beds at night, we are out there working hard to keep everyone safe,” he said.

“It is extremely disappointing to receive a third report of an attack in less than two weeks against po­lice the very officers who are work­ing hard to keep everyone safe.

“More than 1000 officers are con­ducting beat and mobile patrols throughout the night throughout the four divisions and last night 200 officers were out conducting opera­tions in the Southern Division.

“When someone attacks one offic­er it affects our operations because if an officer is injured it affects our manpower, and if a resource asset is damaged it impacts our service delivery.”

Brigadier-General Qiliho is also concerned about the involvement of those alleged to have assisted the group in attacking the officers.

“The four officers were in pursuit of the suspects in the car,” he said.

“ … that there were others from nearby who assisted the occupants in the attack against the officers will not be condoned.

“We will get every last person who was involved in this cowardly at­tack.”

Source: Fiji Police Force

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