3 Jun 2014

PNG forces rescue three women from captivity

7:53 pm on 3 June 2014

Security forces in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province have rescued three women who were being held captive and tortured by a mob from a neighbouring village.

According to EMTV, the relatives of a young girl accused the women of practicing sorcery after the girl allegedly fell into a coma.

The family accused the women of killing the girl spiritually by removing her heart and sharing it.

The Joint Forces Deputy Controller, Senior Inspector Segi, says the women have admitted they were driven by a bad spirit to practice sorcery.

Mr Segi says the women are being held at Paiam police station while an investigation is carried out.

The girl's relatives, who are facing charges, have been advised to take her to hospital for a medical check up.