Police in the Solomon Islands on Saturday found the bodies of 3 people who had died as a result of the unrest in the country.
Police said the bodies were found inside a burning building in the capital’s Chinatown, Honiara, the first reported cases after days of rioting.
A security agent told AFP that the bodies were found in two burnt rooms on Friday evening.
This comes hours after the Australian police announced control of the unrest after violent protests swept over days.
The Solomon Islands authorities announced an indefinite night curfew in the archipelago’s capital, following the riots.
The Australian police deployed to the Solomon Islands in 2003 as part of a peacekeeping mission under a Pacific Islands Forum declaration, and were there for 10 years.
Internal unrest erupted from 1998 to 2003, involving armed groups from Guadalcanal and the neighboring island of Malatya, and fighting took place on the outskirts of the capital, Honiara.
The Solomon Islands consists of more than 990 islands, the total area of which does not exceed 28,450 km2, and its capital is Honiara, with a population of half a million people.
The islands are located within the British Crown; Where it is subject to the authority of Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of the Solomon Islands, and governs in her name, Governor-General David Funaghi, and the government there is headed by Manaseh Sogavar, against whom protests are currently erupting, demanding that he resign.
The islands are a country of importance to international powers, due to its strategic location in the Pacific Ocean, and its foreign diplomacy oscillates between Taiwan and China, amid a broader conflict between Beijing and Washington.
The dispute between the West and China appears within the Solomon Islands, as Malatya Island is in discussions with Washington on plans to develop a deep-sea port, while Chinese interests are pursuing development plans on the main island of Guadalcanal, where the capital is located, in a scene that reflects the country’s division between China and Western countries.