Tribal fighting kills 11 in PNG's Highlands - reports

2:07 pm on 12 March 2020

There are reports from Papua New Guinea's Highlands region that as many as 11 people have been killed in tribal fighting.

Homes in Western Highlands province, Papua New Guinea

Homes in Western Highlands province, Papua New Guinea Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Three children are among the dead after clashes between two warring tribes from Hela province that spilled over into neighbouring Enga province.

The Post Courier reports that the fighting has centred on Enga's Porgera Valley.

It is the latest in a series of recent clashes, one of which claimed the life of a policeman, and another which resulted in the killing of a number of missionaries.

The paper said that fighting led to a police raid but a local leader said the houses burnt down by security personnel belong to innocent people.

Meanwhile, the Hela tribesmen, from the Tari area, have refused to leave and return home.