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PNG police in shoot-out with human sacrifice cult

PNG police in shoot-out with human sacrifice cult: report. 09/05/2007. ABC News Online
Riot police have been sent to a remote mountainous village in Papua New Guinea after a gun battle between police and members of a cult involved in human sacrifices, local media has reported.

The National newspaper said several people were killed and many injured in the fighting last week in the Finschhafen area of Morobe province, 350 kilometres north of the capital Port Moresby.

Belief in magic is widespread in Papua New Guinea and women suspected of being witches are often hanged or burnt to death.

Police who flew to the area on Sunday said they believed they were dealing with a cult movement involved in murders and human sacrifices to their gods, the newspaper said.

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