PNG phone porn clashes end

A ceasefire has been agreed to in a tribal battle in Papua New Guinea that was sparked by pornographic pictures on a mobile phone.

The newspaper, the National, reports that warring clans in Tari in Southern Highlands province agreed to stop fighting after the police pleaded with both sides to lay down their arms.

The battle began after a man from the Tapo clan caused offence by showing pornographic pictures on his phone to a young woman from the Pipi clan.

Two people were killed in the fighting, while others sustained spear and gun pellet wounds.

The police say more than 15 homes were burnt down, while stores, food gardens and other properties were destroyed.

Chief Sgt Peter Buka told the warriors the world and PNG's attention was now focussed on Tari because of the multi-billion PNG LNG Project and the fighting would send the wrong signal to the government, other potential investors and developers.

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