Another body found at Porgera mine site

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By ELIAS LARI
THE body of another young man was found in Porgera yesterday, bringing to nine the number of deaths, with one in critical condition at the Paiam Hospital, from the latest tribal clashes there, a senior public servant says.
Chief executive officer for the Porgera district Jerry Maku said another body was found yesterday at the mine site and his relatives had taken it to the hospital for a post-mortem.
Maku said the district had assisted the relatives of the deceased with an ambulance to transport the body back to his village at Paella.
He said eight people were killed over the weekend and the latest death from tribal fighting was at the mine site.
Maku said security personnel had been engaged in the fighting zone at Kairik and both parties were forced back to their own territories from Monday.
However, he said since the fighting was going on, gunmen moved into Porgera Station on Monday and held up a store belonging to a foreigner and walked away with K100,000.
“We did not witness such things in the past and I do not know what kind of society we are building here,” Maku said.
“The Porgera administration is working to put an end to all these problems, restore peace and normalcy.”

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