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Over Ten Reported Killings in Markham Clash


by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Lae

More than 10 people have been massacred in a fight in Markham between two ethnic groups that’started on Wednesday, after a drunk Markham Valley Secondary School student was assaulted at Mutzing Market on Tuesday night.

The fight escalated from Wednesday when three were reportedly killed.

Provincial Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Augustine Wampe, and the Lae Mobile Squad are in Markham to contain the situation.

The clash between the Amari and Atzera people of Markam has steadily gotten worse.

Amari are people from Umi Bridge and upwards to the Watarise Junction, and Atzera are from Umi Bridge downwards to Leron.

There are unconfirmed numbers of families caught in the fight, feared to be killed and still missing while there are unconfirmed numbers in a critical condition.

The fight started when a drunkard student of Markham Valley Secondary School from Amari tried to rob a night vendor.

On Tuesday night a drunkard male student was attacked after he verbally abused storekeepers at Mutzing Station.

He was beaten and students retaliated resulting in injuries.

Wednesday morning, the fight escalated when parents mobilised with the students.

Police mobile squads from Lae were at Umi yesterday to contain the fight. The situation is still tense.

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