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4 Attacks On Fiji Police In 24 Hours

The latest victim was on duty at the Tuirara Police Post in Nasinu when he was injured yesterday in an alleged attack.
10 Nov 2019 12:33
4 Attacks On Fiji Police In 24 Hours
The latest Police victim was on duty at the Tuirara Police Post in Nasinu when he was injured yesterday in an alleged attack. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

A new recruit was the fourth victim of attacks on Police in 24 hours.

The spate of attacks from Friday to yesterday came in the wake of the death of policeman Siuta Niumataiwalu in Lautoka.

The latest victim was on duty at the Tuirara Police Post in Nasinu when he was injured yesterday in an alleged attack.

According to witnesses, the young policeman intervened when a dispute between a couple and a man turned violent.

He was injured when he tried to subdue the aggressor who was allegedly carrying a knife.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance. The alleged attacker was taken into Police custody.

Earlier yesterday morning, a Police constable was threatened with an axe at the Cunningham Community Post.

Neighbours said this followed a domestic dispute between a couple. The alleged attacker then resorted to using an axe.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the quick response from the Valelevu Taskforce team led to the arrest of the suspect currently in custody at the Valelevu Police Station.

She said the Police Constable was unharmed during the incident.

Yesterday morning, a Police Constable was threatened with an axe at the Cunningham Community Post.  Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Yesterday morning, a Police Constable was threatened with an axe at the Cunningham Community Post.
Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu said continued attacks on Police officers would not be condoned.

“If you want to do the crime then be man enough to face the consequences,” he said.

“Threatening the lives of any of our officers who are executing their duties will not be taken lightly”.

Mr Tudravu said it was fortunate no officer was seriously injured or worse killed. He said this was the reality of policing where officers were risking their lives every day and night.

“If you’re not happy with the conduct of any of our officers let us know, but if you break the law, don’t take your frustrations out by threatening to kill them just because they’re doing their job which is to enforce the law”.

“We have faced situations recently where communities have rallied together to protect those who have attacked our officers and we will not hesitate to arrest those who are perverting the course of justice”.

On Friday, a 52-year-old taxi driver in Sigatoka was taken into custody for allegedly threatening a Police Officer.

He is alleged to have threatened to kill the Police Officer. It is alleged he said what had happened to Niumataiwalu could also happen to him.

This alleged incident took place as the taxi driver was being booked for a traffic offence.

In another incident on Friday, a 29-year-old man of Nausori allegedly attacked a Police officer and tried to escape while he was being searched for drugs.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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