SEVEN ARRESTED IN VANUATU TRIBAL KILLING

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 12) – Police in Vanuatu say they’ve arrested seven people in connection with the killing of a man in Toak village on Ambrym Island.

[PIR editor’s note: Ambrym island is located in the central region of Vanuatu, and has the greatest reputation for major sorcery among the islands.]

The death occurred after a man was attacked with bamboo spears and knives on Saturday over an ongoing land dispute.

Police Chief of Staff, Captain Robson Lavro, says discussions have been held with community leaders, and there’s been a reconciliation between the families involved in the incident.

Police had stopped people moving from village to village because 2,000 people from Toak were reported to be demanding revenge, but Captain Lavro says following the reconciliation, that’s now been lifted.

And, he says no further violence is expected.

"We hope that what the police have done whilst the police were on Ambrym, you know put some time and allow people to enjoy life back there now. We don’t hope there should be any more problems or difficulties in this problem in the near future" said Vanuatu Police Chief of Staff, Captain Robson Lavro.

The investigation is expected to continue for another two to three weeks.

October 13, 2005

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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