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By Pedro Rounds

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, May 2) - Two warriors on the chiefly island of Lakeba were in satisfactory condition at the Lakeba Health Center after being clubbed during the early hours of yesterday.

Police in Lakeba said two factions of warriors, from Kabara and Yadrana, went to war with each other.

"We received a report at around 5 a.m. yesterday from the village of Tubou that warriors were at war with each other," an officer said.

The officer said the incident happened before the ‘Tovuto’, carrying the body of the late Tui Nayau, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, arrived in Lakeba. 

"At the moment we are trying to determine what happened between these (batis) warriors," he said.

However, at the Lakeba Health Center, doctors were treating two people who were badly injured during the incident.

Dr Voi Solomone said that two warriors from Kabara were brought in around 7 a.m. bleeding heavily from the altercation.

"They were bleeding from their heads which indicates that they were clubbed by the (wau), a traditional weapon used during tribal wars in the old days," Dr Solomone said.

"From the report we received, these warriors were guarding the village green when they started provoking each other and as a result they started fighting amongst each other," he said. "It is known that the warriors from Kabara (bati balavu) are the traditional warriors of the late Tui Nayau while the warriors from Yadrana (bati leka) are the personal bodyguards."

Dr Solomone stressed that the report they gathered indicated that the two warriors were clubbed with a single blow to the head with a (wau).

"They were surely hit with a blunt object which indicates that a (wau) was used. They were really in a serious condition when they were brought in by other (batis) warriors because they were in agony."

Dr Solomone, however, pointed out that the two were in satisfactory condition and should be released soon.

May 3, 2004



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