Mahuru fight 2017

Villager mortally wounded in retaliation

The attack, carried out by men from Southern Highlands Province, was in revenge for the killing of their wantok during the weekend.

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Ben Turi, told Loop PNG that the deceased was a Don Bosco student who hailed from Ialibu.

According to villagers, on Friday, the deceased, along with his friends from a nearby settlement, intruded on an incident involving local boys.

This eventually led to a fight between the settlers and Motu-Koitabuans, resulting in the student’s death.

​One dead, houses looted in Pom

Residents at Mahuru village, Port Moresby, alleged that the men were drinking together when a fight started, which eventually led to the death of a Southern Highlander.

In retaliation, a group of Southern Highlanders mobilised and started breaking into homes from the centre of Mahuru village.

A number of distraught women and children ran to seek refuge at the nearby Air Niugini village.

Movements in out of the Air Niugini residency were stopped till the fight died down at around 9:20am.