Villager mortally wounded in retaliation

A Mahuru villager is fighting for his life at the Port Moresby General Hospital after suffering knife wounds from a retaliatory attack.

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.

The Southern Highlanders retaliated early Sunday morning, at around 5am, where a villager was mortally wounded, two houses were burnt to the ground while others suffered damages.

Situation on the ground is still tense while the village councilor is currently in talks with police.

Mahuru village is located near the Korobosea International School and Air Niugini village.

(Police presence at Mahuru today)

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