1 Feb 2010

Cause of village violence near Port Moresby LNG site unclear

6:38 pm on 1 February 2010

Four villagers have been killed in Papua New Guinea in a dispute that's reported to be over the ownership of land where the liquified natural gas facility is to be built.

The police say a fight flared up outside Port Moresby between villagers from Boera and Porebada after an argument about land ownership.

They say villagers from Boera are alleged to have attacked Porebada villagers, leaving four young men dead and a woman with gunshot wounds.

Police spokesperson, Senior Sergeant David Terry says its unclear if the land dispute is connected with the LNG project.

"The issue is very sensitive so I cannot elaborate on that, all I can tell you is there was a fight in the area and four people were reported killed."

David Terry says police on the ground are still investigating.

ExxonMobil is reported to have suspended work near the LNG site following the tribal clash.