12 Sep 2013

PNG police say attack on trekking group was shocking

9:50 am on 12 September 2013

The police in Papua New Guinea are describing a violent attack on a trekking group as shocking and unthinkable.

In the assault on Tuesday in the Papua New Guinea highlands, two local porters were hacked to death, and a New Zealander and several Australian trekkers injured.

Superintendent Dominic Kakas says it was a slaughter.

"There was a point 3-0-3 rifle used, a home made fire, and four bush knives."

Dominic Kakas says the police are doing everything they can to capture the attackers including using a helicopter to search the area.

He says local villagers have also joined in the search.

The survivors of the attack are now back in Port Moresby.