PNG warlord hands himself in to police

3:13 pm on 30 July 2019

A warlord in Papua New Guinea's Hela province has handed himself in to the authorities in the wake of a mass killing earlier this month.

The burnt remains of a  house in Karida

The burnt remains of a house in Karida Photo: Scott Waide

The newspaper, The National, reported Libe Koi surrendered himself and apologised to people who have been affected by the tribal fighting in the Highlands region.

The government declared parts of Hela a fighting zone and deployed a military taskforce earlier this month after at least 16 women and children were massacred.

Tribal fighting in Hela has entered a new dimension in recent years, fuelled by high-powered weapons and revenue from the LNG project.

Mr Koi urged other warlords in the region to surrender themselves before he outed them.

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