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Goroka ransacked after murder of official

Fego Kiniafa’s tribesmen rampaged through Goroka town armed with bush knives, burning houses and shops and ransacking other buildings

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A building burns in Goroka following the slaying of Fego Kiniafa


NOOSA - Goroka was tense last night following the brutal murder of the chief executive officer of the PNG Ports Corporation, Fego Kiniafa, 43, on Saturday.

Kiniafa was killed near his village of Nagamiufa as his tribesmen clashed with clans from Korofeiga and Lower Bena, with the fighting taking to the streets of Goroka early on Sunday morning.

FegoKiniafa’s tribesmen rampaged through the town armed with bush knives, burning houses and shops and ransacking other buildings.

Hundreds of people were reported to be homeless last night, the general hospital was under lockdown and tourists were stranded in the Goroka airport terminal.

Provincial Police Commander Michael Welly said investigations are underway even as police struggled to restore order in the Eastern Highlands capital.

There were no immediate reports of further casualties or the reason for Mr Kiniafa's death.

Sources: The Pacific Newsroom, PNG Facts, PNG Post-Courier, ABC, PNG Today


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