AusAID Staff Carjacked in Papua New Guinea - Report

In yet another case of attacks against Australian aid workers in Papua New Guinea, an AusAID employee was carjacked at gunpoint in the capital, Port Moresby, on Sunday (March 13), the Australian Associated Press reports. 

Four men, at least two with firearms, reportedly robbed a female AusAID employee, who was returning home late Sunday with another female friend. 

An e-mail sent to Australian officials by security personnel and cited by AAP states that: “The offenders attempted to keep the driver in the vehicle … The driver refused and pushed past them and ran down the hill to the Crowne Plaza Hotel … This particular location has experienced a number of reported carjackings in recent times.”

This year, three people working for the Australian aid program in PNG - two Australians and one Irish - have been robbed near their homes in Touaguba Hill, a diplomatic and expatriate area. 

An Irish female media adviser with PNG’s national radio station, and a male Australian law and justice adviser were attacked separately along Touaguba Hill last month. A week before, an Australian aid adviser suffered “serious injuries” in a carjacking incident. 

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.