20 Oct 2011

Nine dead in PNG clash near Porgera

2:33 pm on 20 October 2011

Nine people in Papua New Guinea have been shot dead and three others seriously injured following a morning raid near the Karik airstrip in Porgera in Enga province.

The newspaper, The National, reports that the raid by members a tribe on other tribe factions took place near the Porgera gold mine.

More than 20 relocation houses built by the mining company Barrick Gold PNG at its mine lease area for the Nomali landowners were razed along with other buildings.

Hospital officials have confirmed receiving nine corpses yesterday, plus a woman whose hand was chopped off and two injured men.

Police reinforcements have moved into Karik airstrip to monitor the situation.