4 May 2009

Formerly warring tribes in PNG commit to peace and hand over guns to police

4:46 pm on 4 May 2009

Two tribes in Papua New Guinea's Porgera region have surrendered high-powered factory made and home made guns to the police after five years of fighting.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that more than 70 people had been killed in guerilla type warfare by the Nomali and Aikena tribes.

The weapons handed over by the Nomali included an Israeli-made SSK rifle, a .22 gun and eight home made guns while the Aikena tribe surrendered a pump action shotgun and nine home made guns.

Both tribes have committed not to fight in the future but to forget their differences and live as brothers.