Police foil major plans to disrupt 2023 Pacific Games with the arrest of several former militants
POLICE may have foiled a plan to destroy major infrastructure facilities in Honiara and to disrupt the Pacific Games 2023 Games in November.
In an operation mounted last week, Police arrested several former militants, including Moses Su’u, who allegedly told police interrogators that he and his men were acting on orders to carry out the threat.
Some are linked to threats to destroy major infrastructure facilities in Honiara, including plans to bomb Henderson International Airport and the Pacific Games 2023 facilities.
These planned attacks are reportedly directed by politicians, urging ex-militants to turn Honiara into chaos.
“This is the most effective way to coerce the government to respond positively to [your] rehabilitation claims. Funds given by foreign governments would also be used as additional rewards for ex-militants,” according to a separate report obtained by Solomon Star.
The plans to wreak havoc in Honiara was agreed in several meetings attended by former militants, who comprised M4D members based in Honiara. Two leading Opposition MPs were also named as having allegedly sanctioned the plan,” according to the report.
According to the final plan, these FTMs will carry out the attacks at early hours on May 15, possibly around 3am and 4am.
The weapons used for the attacks were shipped into the country and stored in secret place only known by [former premier] Suidani and his confidants.
“There are four groups for operations. Among these four groups, two will action the real attacks. They plan to use petrol and dynamite to burn down some critical infrastructures of the country, including Mamara Housing and Lunga Power station. They plan to destroy Henderson Airport with bombs,” according to the report obtained by Solomon Star.
“They also plan to damage the PG2023 facilities to prevent the event from taking place. They will issue threats to the public before this event. In addition, they will close down Kongulai water source and some key industries such as logging and mining in Guadalcanal.
‘The other two groups will be responsible for diverting the police’s attention with gunshots in several different locations in order to assist the real attacks.”
By Alfred Sasako