At least 18 people have been killed in a fierce clash between local tribes in Papua New Guinea’s Paharia region. Prime Minister James Marapi declared a ‘state of emergency’ on Thursday (July 21) to avoid the situation. News from AFP.
Local police chief George Caucus said that 13 men and 5 women were killed in a fierce clash near Pargara town on Tuesday (July 19). They were hacked to death with ramadas and axes.
In the uneven forests of the Nga region, local tribes are often at odds with each other. Conflicts erupt between them over land, natural resources or other disputes. Some of these conflicts escalated and led to mass killings.
Prime Minister Marapi said Tuesday’s (July 19) clashes are believed to be unrelated to the country’s ongoing election campaign.
He said that not only in Pargara, but in many other areas, we have announced the deployment of more members of the military and police forces for the purpose of special cooperation.
He said, in the current situation, a state of emergency has been declared in Pargara area. The killings there are linked to ongoing inter-tribal fighting.🔱