SUVA, Fiji — Soldiers sealed off Suva with roadblocks Friday and fired on Melanesian youths who rampaged through the streets of the capital, looting shops and setting fire to buildings.
At least 13 people were arrested and 12 were injured when the troops opened fire. There was no immediate word on what started the rioting in this South Pacific island nation, which was the scene of a military coup last May that overthrew Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra.
Witnesses said that soldiers shot a 30-year-old man in the leg after he robbed a bank.
Shop Employees Injured
Police said eight shops owned by Indian businessmen were raided during the rampage, and several store employees were injured. Three shops were severely damaged by gasoline bombs as police chased the Melanesian gang through the center of the city.
Soldiers erected roadblocks on major approaches to the city and did not allow any vehicles through, residents said. Many shops closed early, and the city was mostly calm as night fell.