ON the same day that Papua New Guinea and Russia announced that a revival in their bilateral relationship was most likely to be expressed through tourism and culture, 30 armed thugs took over the country’s second biggest airport for two hours while they ransacked offices and passengers’ luggage.
Nadzab airport security personnel were overwhelmed and they, staff and 30 passengers awaiting the early morning flight to Port Moresby were taken hostage.
Nadzab is 40 kilometres outside Lae, PNG's second biggest city and PNG’s industrial hub.
The ABC reported police saying that a group of around 30 men arrived at the airport at 1:30am armed with pistols, rifles, homemade guns and machetes.
"The nine security guards manning the airport said they were out-numbered and ordered at gunpoint to huddle up with the passengers in front of the terminal," police spokesman David Terry said.