Monday, September 22, 2008

16 dead in PNG tribal fight over woman

A tribal fight over a woman in the Papua New Guinea highlands has left 16 people dead and a dozen houses destroyed.

PNG highlanders have been fighting over land and women for years and this particular trouble started when a woman left her partner and returned to live with her first husband.

The deserted lover reacted by killing a woman's husband's relative, which sparked number of revenge attacks, Enga Police Commander Michael Chare says.

"The killings were done by high powered firearms," he said.

"Both clans were using high-powered firearms.

"They just go in, sit in the bush, kill people then they sneak off again".

The police commander has appealed for calm ahead of a government meeting to be held in the province next month.


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