10-YEAR-OLD PNG GIRL BEHEADED BY ‘UNKOWN SUSPECTS’

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National,) – A 10-year-old girl was beheaded near Mount Hagen city, Western Highlands province, on Monday morning.

The deceased was returning home from Kaiwe betelnut market when she was beheaded near Js Motors.

Her body was later found in a flower garden at the back of the building near the Okuk Highway.

The deceased was identified as Meame Patrict Wembi from Timbari village in the Pangia district, Southern Highlands province, but resides with her parents at Biapueri village near Mount Hagen city.

She was returning from the market after her mother sent her to buy a bundle of firewood and some kaukau, when she was attacked by unknown suspects.

The father, Patrict Wembi, said his daughter was murdered around 9.30am.

He said the motive of the killing was unknown. However, police have confirmed the killing and are investigating it.

Pr Alan Kowe of PNG Bible church, who is also from Pangia but now looking after the Biapueri church, described the killing as inhuman.

Mr Kowe said the murder took place where nobody was around and they did not know who the suspects were.

He said he was shocked when he heard about the killing as the deceased was his Sunday school student.

The body is now at the Mount Hagen General Hospital morgue awaiting arrangements to transport it to Pangia.

Mr Kowe told the family of the deceased that they were not from the area but had settled in the block and should not bring in other people or accommodate divorced women.

Mr Kowe said he wanted only the family to stay in that piece of land allocated to them by a Western Highlander.

He said if they accommodate other people, and with tribal fights back in their province, these people may drew their enemies to where they were and attack them.

He said they did not know the suspects but they (suspects) would face the consequences come judgment day in Heaven.

A hospital staff said yesterday that they were still waiting for police to inform the doctors when to carry out a post-mortem.

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