At least 24 killed in brutal Papua New Guinea tribal massacres

At Least 16 Women, Children Killed in Tribal Massacre in Papua New Guinea - Reports

At least 24 people were killed, including two pregnant women in a brutal flare-up of violence between rival tribes over several days in Hela province on Tuesday.

The newspaper, based in the South Pacific island nation's capital Port Moresby, reported as many as 24 people were killed in all, including two pregnant women, over three days of violence.

The death toll and dates of the violence in the remote highland province of Hela varied in reports by Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Post-Courier newspaper.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Prime Minister James Marape said he is not afraid to use the strongest measures in law on people who kill innocent people and hide behind the mask of community.

Mr Marape, who became leader in May, blamed a lack of police on the ground as a major problem in a region that has struggled with violence for years.

Undialu told the broadcaster ABC the killing took place on Monday in the village of Karida, adding that the motive behind the massacre was unknown. However, clashes involving different clans have been going on in the region for over 20 years.

Many villagers had fled the violence, Hela Administrator William Bando told the newspaper.

Police spokesman Dominic Kakas said police were unable to confirm the massacre as they were waiting on information from the local commander.

Bando has called for at least 100 police to be deployed to reinforce some 40 local officers.

Medication Pimua Kolo from the Hela province division of neatly being posted photos on Fb of what he mentioned modified into the bloodbath in Karida village.

Native news agency EMTV reported on the least two incidents in little villages within the Tari-Pori district. "Many children and mothers innocently murdered in Munima and Karida villages of my electorate".

"How can a province of 400,000 people function with policing law and order with under 60 policemen, and occasional operational military and police that does no more then (sic) band aid maintenance?"

Prime Minister James Marape said numerous victims lived in his electorate.

Tribal clashes are now no longer outlandish with rivalries typically introduced on by rape or theft, or disputes over tribal boundaries.

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