By JAMES APA GUMUNO
A STUDENT was killed and eight others wounded in a drive-by payback shooting in Enga province on Tuesday.
Provincial police commander Supt Michael Chare said yesterday the shooting happened at Pyaori market, in the Surinki area, at about 5pm as a big group had gathered to play cards.
Supt Chare named the dead person as Hanol Pii, of Makole Wai clan, a student at Pilakambi High School residing at Yamal village.
He said shots were fired from a 10-seater four-wheel drive vehicle which sped away after the shootings.
Police believe that an M16 and two pump-action gun were used.
Supt Chare said the student was shot in the chest and died instantly.
The wounded were being treated at the Wabag General Hospital, he said.
Supt Chare said this was the latest attack in a dispute involving the Makole Miok and Makole Wai clans.
The dispute with the two clans dates back to the Dec 28 death of a head teacher, Kimbun Nom, of the Miok clan.
According to police, the Mioks blamed the Wais and asked that the suspects be handed over to
Although two suspects were handed over, the Mioks claimed that the real killers were still at large, prompting the Tuesday attack, Supt Chare said.
He said the police were in the area yesterday and appealed for calm as they continued investigating the Dec 28 killing.
Supt Chare also appealed to the Miok clan to hand over the suspects involved in the drive-by that killed the
Grade 10 student and injured eight bystanders.