Papua New Guinea tribal violence leaves more than 20 dead, mostly women and children

More than 20 people — mostly women and children — have been killed in days of tribal violence in Papua New Guinea, according to officials.

Papua New Guinea Acting Police Commissioner Francis Tokura said Wednesday that 16 women and children were killed this week by assailants armed with rifles in the village of Karida

The attack on Monday was believed to have been in retaliation for an earlier attack on a different village, Peta, that left 7 dead, Sky News reported.

“This has escalated into the massacre of innocent women and kids,” said Philip Undialu, the governor of the remote highland province of Hela.

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