Relatives urged to let police handle murder case


POLICE have advised the relatives of the people attacked by armed men killing three in Jiwaka to let police handle the matter.
Provincial police commander Chief Supt Joseph Tondop said the incident was related to a tribal fight between the Dena and the Maninga tribes in Wurup-Kaip, Anglimp-South Waghi electorate.
Three people died and more than 10 were injured when armed men opened fire at a bus at around 5pm on Friday. The incident happened at Porombel Ramba at the border of Western Highlands and Jiwaka.
Tondop said police would deal with the gunmen.
“Police will make sure that the attackers will not escape punishment as they are a threat to the community,” Tondop said.
“I totally condemned the attack and I’m appealing to the family members of the three deceased and the victims not to take the law into their own hands.”
Tondop said they had been negotiating peace with the leaders of the tribes but some were trying to disturb the process.
Tondop said in any tribal fight, no one won.
“We need to make sure that those people who are trying to destroy peace and harmony in a community must be dealt with,” Tondop said.
“This is an attack by people with the mind of animals because they have no respect at all.”

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