Friday, 23 March: There are reports of a riot in Port Moresby 50 metres from the Salvation Army Papua New Guinean Territorial Headquarters (THQ).
THQ’s compound is staffed by Australian Salvation Army officers Colonels Kelvin and Julie Alley and a number of PNG staff.
Shots were heard and a number of fires are burning in the capital city. The Salvation Army's Boroko School has been closed, and THQ and senior staff are currently trying to get staff members safely home.
PNG territorial commander, Colonel Kelvin Alley told Salvation Army internal magazine Others: “It's quite serious. Fires are raging, hundreds looting and Police shooting bullets and tear gas. We've closed the school....
“[The fire] is literally 50mtrs away - our drain saves us. We've arranged to get staff home. Senior staff will remain to secure our building and property. We are all okay. Rapid gun fire as I speak." Courtesy Others Magazine