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Failed mutineer placed under arrest

A retired colonel who attempted to take over Papua New Guinea's military and ordered the prime minister to step down has been arrested.

Police spokesman Dominic Kakas said Yaura Sasa was arrested on Saturday night in a suburb of Port Moresby, the capital.

He said Col Sasa has yet to be charged with a crime.

Col Sasa led a small group of soldiers in a mutiny on Thursday in which the military's top commander was briefly held under house arrest.

The mutiny was part of a power struggle in which prime minister Peter O'Neill and former prime minister Michael Somare claim to be the rightful leader of the South Pacific nation.

Col Sasa demanded that Mr O'Neill step down within a week to make way for Mr Somare, who appointed Col Sasa defence chief after being removed from office.

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