PNG Youths Attacked While Trying To Burn Houses In Dispute

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Sepik youngsters taken to hospital to treat knife wounds

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Jan. 2, 2013) – Three youths in Papua New Guinea were rushed to hospital after an ethnic clash between a group of Sepiks and locals in Madang marred New Year celebrations.

The youths were from Amele village near the 4-Mile market.

It was reported that a Sepik man, Dominic Wikau, married to a local woman from Wafen village in Amele, was sworn at by drunken youths.

When seeking an explanation, Wikau was set upon by the youths who bashed him, causing severe injuries to his face.

In retaliation, Sepiks from Biliau Maus Rot went to Wafen and demanded that the man be compensated.

While talks were under way some Sepik youths tried to burn houses but were stopped by their own people who went with them.

Locals from the area then retaliated after hearing that some houses were being ransacked by Sepiks.

Three Sepik youths were knifed when talks heated up, with two sporting cuts to their hands.

Another had his shoulder bone exposed from a deep cut with a bush knife.

All were treated at the Modilon General Hospital.

In another incident a major fight occurred yesterday at Furan village between locals and Sepiks from the nearby Sisiak settlement. Madang police are investigating the incidents.

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