WITCHCRAFT SUSPECTS KILLED IN SIMBU, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (October 8, 2000 - The Independent/PINA Nius Online)---Three people were killed and three others were severely wounded by marauding tribesmen in Chimbu province after they were suspected of practicing witchcraft in remote Miu village in the Gumini district.

The tribesmen used bush knives, axes, guns and bows and arrows to brutally murder three men while several houses were also burned in the melee according to deputy commissioner of police operations Sam Inguba.

Mr. Inguba said that police and health extension officers were dispatched two days later to exhume the bodies of the victims for post mortems, but were attacked by unknown suspects.

Mr. Inguba said one suspect was killed during the skirmish with police while several others fled into the jungle.

He said, "The suspects who have been involved in the murder of three people tried to attack police with guns but police retaliated, killing one of those allegedly involved in the brutal killings.

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