Australian university professor taken hostage in Papua New Guinea

An Australian university professor has been taken hostage in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

The Australian man is an archaeologist who works for an Australian university. He was accompanied by several Papua New Guinean students from a local university who were also taken hostage.

The Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. Four researchers, including an Australian, have been taken hostage in the remote region.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

The man was not identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.

A source in Papua New Guinea said the situation was in “a crucial moment” and they could not comment further. It is believed a ransom has been demanded.

The ABC reports that the Australian professor works at the University of Southern Queensland and was taken hostage at gunpoint. It also reported that the University of Southern Queensland was unable to comment.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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