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By James Apa Gumuno

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 27) - The killing of two teachers in the Western Highlands province this week has been condemned by the Papua New Guinea Teachers Association.

PNGTA’s regional office in Mt Hagen demanded that the murders be investigated and those responsible be brought to justice.

The first killing took place last Sunday night near Kaiwe market, just outside Mt Hagen city, where a teacher from Gap Community School died after being attacked by a prowler.

The teacher was identified as Pius Malt from Moge tribe living near Mt Hagen city.

The second killing took place near Avi market in the Anglimp district where deputy headmaster of Kandep Secondary School in the Enga province Andy Toaps was stabbed to death on Tuesday afternoon.

Toaps was traveling with other teachers to Lae on a school truck when a gang of armed men ambushed them on the road and stabbed him to death.

PNGTA representative Aita Sanangkepe said teachers in the Highlands were outraged by the barbaric killings and demand justice.

A suspect allegedly involved in the Kaiwe market killing is now in police custody, while police were investigating the Avi’s killing.

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