21 Feb 2016

Arson attack destroys 14 houses on Vanuatu's Tanna

3:51 pm on 21 February 2016

14 houses and a truck have been destroyed in an arson attack in a village on Tanna island in Vanuatu.

Tanna, Vanuatu

Tanna, Vanuatu Photo: RNZI / Jamie Tahana

A source told the Daily Post Newspaper that what triggered the violence was the theft of a pig by a man from the village.

The source says the alleged attackers ensured the men were feeling the effects of kava and would not respond to the arson.

The source says while no one died all items of value were destroyed, including animals, fruit and sandalwood trees.

Police have arrested 15 people while the victims are being housed in another village.