POLICE have been sent to Goodenough Island to find armed men who tried to rob people at sea last week in Milne Bay, The National reports.
Provincial police commander Chief Superintendent Joseph Morehari said 12 armed pirates in two dinghies tried to rob the passengers near the Bolubolu station. He did not give any further details.
But sources said the pirates were based at Kilia ward near Bolubolu.
They target people travelling from Bolubolu to the Diodio Catholic church parish, or Ferguson island.
It is believed that two of the men were from Goodenough while the others from elsewhere. Two are reported to be former military officers who were pretending to be security guards for a local MP. “They were pretending to be security guards for the MP and parliament officials when they were at Lawela Primary School on October 1,” a source said.
“But the pirates were there to monitor if the MP had brought money to deliver to the people. They would have robbed the recipients once the MP had left.”
The armed thugs had been terrorising people travelling in boats in waters between Goodenough, Ferguson and the mainland.