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By James Apa Gumuno

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 28) – The Ambulan tribe, in the Wapenanmanda district of Papua New Guinea’s Enga province, has burnt down a church near Amopiak School and chased away Christians worshipping in it on Christmas Day.

According to provincial police commander Supt Teddy Tei, the Ambulan tribesmen chased the Wapukin tribesmen after alleging that they destroyed their food gardens.

Mr Tei said the Ambulan and Wapukin had been fighting a fierce battle for some time now, which had resulted in many lives lost and properties destroyed.

He said on Monday, the Ambulan tried to provoke a fight again by burning down one of the Pentecostal churches and chased the worshippers away with offensive weapons. Luckily no one was hurt.

He said on Tuesday, he issued a preventive order to the two warring tribes not to take up arms again.

Mr Tei said he had sent policemen to Amopiak School to arrest anybody on the road carrying offensive weapons.

He said the allegation made by the Ambulan tribesmen was not true.

He said policemen in the province would be constantly monitoring the area to ensure that tribal warriors do not take up their arms again.

Mr Tei said such attack on a very special day was totally unacceptable and condemned the attack.

He said people must respect Christmas and celebrate it with their families and friends.

He also said three separate tribal fights had been reported in Porgera district.

He said apart from these incidents, the festive season was very peaceful in other parts of the province.

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