15 Sep 2013

PNG police detain suspects after attack on trekkers

10:08 pm on 15 September 2013

Police in Papua New Guinea have caught four people they suspect of an attack on a trekking party that left a New Zealander injured.

Two porters were hacked to death, and a New Zealander and several Australians were injured in the attack on Tuesday, on the Black Cat Trail, in the Highlands.

Police say the four suspects were detained on Sunday morning by officers and villagers, in the province of Morobe.

A spokesperson for the police, Superintendent Dominic Kakas, says relatives of one of the dead porters also hacked to death a person they believed was harbouring them.

He says the police are investigating that death, and have told villagers that all suspects must be handed to over to officers.

Superintendent Kakas says two men thought to be involved in the original attack are still at large.