4 Aug 2009

Violence in PNG's Wabag after beheading

11:59 am on 4 August 2009

A councillor in Papua New Guinea is suspected of beheading the driver of a former provincial administrator during an argument.

The Post-Courier reports that the suspect allegedly took out his bush knife and swung a blow on the neck of Kokyo Agau, a driver of the former Enga provincial administrator Dr Samson Amean.

Following the killing, an office complex building belonging to a local businessman from the Pumani tribe was burnt to the ground.

Police officers saved the Electoral Commission office and the Enga provincial police commanders headquarters from also going up in flames.

The police have confirmed the incident and say the man was alleged killed at a club outside Wabag town.

They have yet to confirm the motive for the killing or the fire.

But Wabag residents say tension was looming between the Sapip tribe of Sangurap village to which the driver belonged, and the Pumani tribe of Kamas village to which the councillor belonged.