21 Jul 2004

PNG police warn of revenge attacks after man is beheaded in the capital

10:29 am on 21 July 2004

Police in the capital of Papua New Guinea have warned residents to be wary of violent clashes.

Two men have been arrested after a man was beheaded in Port Moresby during a tribal dispute on Saturday.

The incident comes weeks before the expected deployment of about 2-hundred and 30 Australian police and about 70 public officials to PNG.

Police say a Goilala man stabbed a fellow market stallholder, from the Tari region of PNG's Southern Highlands.

Then a group of Tari men captured and allegedly murdered a Goilala man.

The Koki market area has been closed indefinitely, and police are appealing to each tribal party to suspend revenge attacks.