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The premier and a cabinet minister of Papua New Guinea’s copper-rich Bougainville Island, scene of a violent secessionist campaign, were beaten up by men wearing police uniforms, witnesses said. Premier Joseph Kabui was dragged out of his official car and punched and hit on the head with a rifle butt, they said. Shortly afterward, several carloads of men, also in police uniform, went to Kabui’s house and assaulted provincial Agriculture Minister Michael Laimo.


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