More than 20 reportedly killed in Papua New Guinea tribal violence

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More than 20 people including pregnant women and children have been killed in recent tribal violence in Papua New Guinea, media reported on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

Children and pregnant women are among those murdered in a tribal massacre in Papua New Guinea's Highlands area.

No longer lower than 24 people are confirmed to have died in a brutal flare-up of violence between rival tribes over several days in Hela province.

The next day gunmen entered Karida village in central Hela province and killed 18 people, shooting and hacking them to death.

Following the violence, PNG's prime minister, James Marape, called for greater police presence in the region.

He said while the motive behind the killings was not known, he believed it could be in retaliation for an earlier incident.

Over the past years, the inflow of automatic weapons has made clashes more deadly and escalated the cycle of violence.

Hela provincial police Cmdr.

"It modified into retaliation of a outdated attack".

Philip Undialu, governor of the remote highland province of Hela, where the violence occurred, said 16 people including women and children were killed in an attack on the village of Karida on Monday. "It is an unbelievable, unthinkable and atrocious criminal act that must be dealt with swiftly and severely", Tokura said in a statement.

He said numerous victims lived in his electorate and he blamed a police shortage in Hela for the lawlessness.

Marape blamed the violence on an inadequate police force of fewer than 60 officers for a province of 400,000 people.

We need to urgently double and sustain our collective efforts to find equitable solutions between communities by working closely with community leaders, faith-based organizations, development partners and the Government of Papua New Guinea.

The motivation behind the attack is not yet clear, but many fights in the region are fueled by old rivalries prompted by theft or disputes over tribal boundaries.

In 2018, an natural disaster devastated one of the most essential distant regions. Independent state since 1975, Papua New Guinea is among the poorest countries in the world.

USA oil and gasoline firm ExxonMobil operates a pure gasoline processing plant within the space where the bloodbath took residing however halted construction on a pipeline final year thanks to unrest.

According to the United Nations (UN), around 40% of the population lives on less than $ 1 a day.

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