Taskforce deployed to Hela in response to massacre

A joint military and police taskforce is schedule to be deployed to Papua New Guinea’s Hela Province in response to the massacre of 24 women and children.

Prime Minister James Marape has sent the police minister, Bryan Kramer, there to conduct an assessment of the immediate issues that the government needs to address.

The United Nations strongly condemned the massacre and called for immediate action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

A military deployment that was sent to the region after a massive earthquake last year will be extended.

The UN resident coordinator, David McLoughlin, said the senseless killing of people who have a fundamental right to be safe from violence is unacceptable under any circumstance.

Papua New Guinea is experience a worrying increase in tribal conflicts.