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GOROKA, Papua New Guinea (January 4, 2000 – The National)---Three men have been admitted to the Goroka Base Hospital with arrow and spear wounds after two rival church groups clashed in the Marawaka district of Eastern Highlands province during the New Year’s weekend.

The church groups allegedly involved in the incident are the Seventh Day Adventist and Baptist churches in the area.

The groups had been having a long-standing argument surrounding their contradicting beliefs and preaching about year 2000 and Y2K-related problems.

Their prolonged dispute spilled over during the weekend when a fight flared up between them.

The three injured were all from the Baptist Church. There was no report from the SDA group.

A Goroka Hospital staff member who declined to be named identified the injured as Nathan Warilito, 25, John Atopa, 36, and Yambi Uriyamo, 29, all from Marawaka.

The staff member said the casualties were recovering well except Nathan, who sustained serious head injuries.

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