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Solomon Islands PM Taken Hostage

June 5, 2000

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ The prime minister of the Solomon Islands has been taken hostage and armed rebels have put up road blocks in the capital, Honiara, New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Monday.

Ministry spokesman Brad Pattersfield said insurgents from the Malaita Eagle Force militia were holding Prime Minister Bartholemew Ulufa’alua hostage.

The coup was the second in the South Pacific in recent weeks. Armed rebels are still holding Fiji’s deposed prime minister and more than 30 other people hostage in that country’s parliament.

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