A STUDENT was killed and buildings set on fire at the University of Technology in Lae in a violent attack last night.
Vice-chancellor Albert Schram said that at around 10pm a group of men armed with bush knives attacked a dormitory with a student later dying from his wounds.
“Subsequently a group of marauders set fire to various academic buildings,” Prof Schram said.
“The power supply was cut off and the telephone network went down.”
Police reinforcements were deployed by around 2am but were outnumbered by attackers who were moving freely around the campus setting fire to many buildings.
The campus is now sealed and students are being evacuated.
Alternative arrangements for the university to resume activities have yet to be announced.
It is not yet known what motivated the violence but Prof Scram says it is believed to be a targeted attack.