Thursday, November 16, 2006
Update on effects of Nukualofa riots in Tonga
It is very unfortunate that people have lost their lives in the riots and fires in Nukualofa, Tonga. We have many Tongan friends here in Australia, New Zealand and overseas and it is almost unbelievable that such a thing has happened. Our prayers go to the people of Tonga, especially in the town of Nukualofa.
At least six bodies found after Tonga riots: police
November 16, 2006
We searched the burnt building and we found six body remains NUKU'ALOFA (Reuters) - At least six bodies were found in the riot-torn Tongan capital on Friday as rescue workers searched buildings and shops torched and looted during violence in the South Pacific island kingdom the previous day.
Soldiers and police cordoned off streets in central Nuku'alofa where up to 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed by the pro-democracy protesters.
"We searched the burnt building and we found six body remains," assistant police commissioner Unca Faaoa told Reuters.
"Only six but other buildings are still being searched."