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Warring Clans Return Guns Retrieved from a World War 2 Site

By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV News, Lae

Two clans from the Salamaua Local Level Government surrendered 6 guns, that were dug out by the locals from a World War II site, two weeks ago.

The war weapons were used in a gunfight on August 4, between the two clans, that saw 56 houses burned down and more than 200 families homeless.

The two warring clans through a MoA signed a peace agreement.

EMTV News arrived at Kela Village, at the World War II site, which was where the gunfight took place on August 4 between Langui and Kela Clan of Salamaua LLG in Huon Gulf District, Morobe Province.

Elementary Teacher, Nasain Kelam, and her daughter are one of many homeless victims.

The dispute between the two clans, started when some youth from Langui Village went over to Kela village and dug out guns used during the WWII. The tension worsened between the two clans, causing the health officers working at a health center, located in Kela Village, to stop work for their safety.

A 15-men team from the PNGDF Engineering Battalion and some police officers intervened, to restore peace and ordered both clans, to surrender the weapons they dug from the WWII site in Kela Village.

During a peace agreement ceremony on August 16, 5 guns were surrendered by the Langui clan and one from Kela clan, followed by the signing of a MoA by both clans.

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