7 Aug 2007

Clash in PNG leaves at least people dead

10:08 am on 7 August 2007

At least two people have been killed in clashes between police and youths in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby.

Witnesses say police fired bullets and tear gas at a crowd of stone-throwing men, rioting over an ethnic killing and seeking revenge against members of a neighbouring tribe.

The street battle around a seaside market lasted for two hours, with looters raiding shops and businesses when the police retreated.

Revenge against members of other ethnic groups is common in Papua New Guinea.