BOUGAINVILLE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY REBELS SHOT

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 1999 - PACNEWS/Post-Courier)---Two members of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) have been airlifted to a Loloho hospital by a Peace Monitoring Group (PMG) helicopter after being seriously injured in a clash with rebels from another faction.

The two Kongara men were shot by rebels from Iuno after a troop of Kongara rebels allegedly attacked the village in the mountainous Wisai area of Buin, South Bougainville.

Rebel planner Ben Kamda told the Post-Courier in Buka that the Kongara men were seeking retribution over the death of one of their commander's relatives at the hands of a sorcerer.

Kamda said he was concerned about the incident and would be traveling to the area to investigate.

The two men remain at the PMG hospital in Loloho.

"They are lucky to be alive," the rebel spokesman said.

Kamda said Peace Monitoring Group representatives were on a medical clinic patrol at Keremona village when the rebels brought the two injured men them by foot.

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