Kagamuga Airport bomb threat a hoax

A threat of bomb attack in Western Highland's capital, Mt Hagen has turned out to be a hoax, according to the State of Emergency (SOE) Controller, David Manning.

State of Emergency Controller, David Manning
In an update published yesterday, Manning stated that he was informed of an anonymous caller that threatened to bomb the Kagamuga Airport and then threatened to bomb an Air Niugini aircraft that was kept overnight at the same airport. The same caller allegedly called Heli Solutions and made similar threats.

On Saturday 2 May, whilst travelling to Mt Hagen onto Porgera I was informed of a call from an anonymous person threatening to bomb Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen. The caller stated that he was not happy with the government and therefore will bomb Kagamuga Airport. The caller called back later threatening to bomb an Air Niugini aircraft that was kept overnight in Mt Hagen. The same called also called Heli Solutions in Mt Hagen and made similar threats. The threats were treated seriously, with Kagamuga airport being immediately closed.  
Manning said he would not be taking the matter lightly and a thorough investigation will be conducted and the caller held accountable.

Meanwhile, he also stated that a total of 123 Papua New Guinea citizens imprisoned in Jayapura will be repatriated back to the country. The first 39 will be repatriated sometime next week.   


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