27 Mar 2013

More suspected sorcery related killings in Papua New Guinea

8:47 pm on 27 March 2013

The police in Papua New Guinea's Madang province are investigating another reported sorcery related killing.

It comes a few weeks after the murder of six people accused of sorcery in Nahu-Rawa in the Rai Coast district but the acting provincial commander Jacob Bando says a different group is responsible for the latest death.

Inspector Bando says they were contacted by a village chief in Astrolabe Bay in Rai Coast about a brutal murder.

However he says police haven't been able to visit the village yet to verify the report because of flooded river crossings.

In February there was international condemnation after a young woman in Mt Hagen was stripped, tortured and burned alive before a crowd of onlookers after she was accused of using sorcery to kill a six year-old boy.