17 Mar 2004

PNG police say tribal fighting in Western Highlands under control

5:29 pm on 17 March 2004

The police in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands say they have brought a tribal battle which killed at least four people under control.

Over 500 houses were torched and an unknown number of people wounded in the fight, which erupted on Monday after the Enga Rami tribe mounted a surprise attack on the Enga Maip Kumbu tribe.

The Metropolitan police superintendent of nearby Mt Hagen city, Jimmy Onopia, says they are on top of the situation.

"we have actually dispatched two squads of riot policemen into the area and the fight has been brought under control"

Jimmy Onopia.