An armed group has kidnapped several people in Papua New Guinea, including international scientists. The prime minister and police of the island state announced this on Monday.
The group, with guides in addition to professors, was said to have been kidnapped in a mountainous region of the country on Sunday morning.
Initially, a $1 million ransom was demanded, but the hostage-takers later reduced that amount.
According to Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape, this is the first time that a ransom has been demanded. However, he added that his government “takes this matter very seriously”. “We don’t want this to set a precedent.”