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Malaysian 'assassinated' in PNG

SYDNEY, June 16, 2011 (AFP) - Police in Papua New Guinea on Thursday vowed to track down the killers of a Malaysian businessman who they say was "assassinated."

Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Yakasa said the man was shot dead while driving in the capital Port Moresby, where crime is rife, on Wednesday.

"We have reason to believe that this was an assassination due to the manner in which the shooting was carried out," he said in a statement.

"I am concerned about this and I am sure many Papua New Guineans as well as our visitors and business partners are too."

Wong had lived and worked in the impoverished Pacific island country for over 20 years.

Yakasa said he had reason to believe the killing was carried out by foreigners.

"I assume that there is some level of organised crime syndicate at play somewhere," he said.

"We do not have the evidence to prove this at this point in time but I am confident we will in the near future."



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