Authorities in the Solomon Islands have arrested two suspects and are searching for three others following the suspected arson deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a Chinatown neighborhood, according to The Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Solomon Islanders in the capital city Honiara protesting the death of two people reportedly set fire to a number of buildings in the area following the death of local Chinese consulate employee Zhou Haige, the ABC reports. The police also reported that there were “dozens of people in street fires” in Honiara.
Authorities believe the three died of burns, the BBC reports. The Chinese Consulate issued a statement on the matter saying that it would offer assistance to the families of the deceased.
“There have been no official reports of a riot. However, the police have confirmed that they have made arrests of two suspects and that they are looking for three others. They have also confirmed that there is a massive search for vehicles in a suspected arson attempt,” the BBC reported.
The area of the fire was reportedly the Chinese Consulate, a Chinese store and a home.
The Pacific Forum said the region was “particularly troubled” by social unrest in the country.