Man axed to death in tribal warfar in Papua New Guinea

A 30-YEAR-old man was axed to death and his father seriously injured at the Kar Mission Station in Nipa,  Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea.
Provincial police commander Supt Sibron Papoto said their rival clansmen saw them armed with rifles and walking into their area last Sunday.
That prompted the clansmen to attack the father and son.
Papoto said the deceased was Billy Philip and his father Philip Mondol from the Topenpere clan.
He said that if the father and son were not armed and went into the rival Polepe clansmen’s area, they would not have been attacked by the men and killed.
He said that on Sunday, the Topenpere clansmen feasted and gathered near the Kar Mission Station.
When the Polepe clansmen saw their enemy armed and come into their area, they attacked them and that re-ignited a tribal fight.
Papoto said PNG Defence Force soldiers and police were deployed to the area to look after public institutions like schools, health centre as well as providing security to PNG Power employees now connecting electricity into Nipa and Tari, in Hela.

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