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June 29, 2022
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Woman Raped, Murdered In Lae

The woman’s death has brought the total of people killed in cold blood to seven within a span of 30 days.


Police said the woman, who was in her late thirties, was gang-raped then murdered in another location before her body was dumped at Kamkumung. 


Just this week, three people have been killed in different locations around Lae city.


Last Saturday, a man was stabbed with a screwdriver at cassowary road. He died on the spot.

Two days ago, another man was slashed on the neck at Lae’s Salamanda Street. This morning, another body was found again.


“I can’t walk to the supermarket anymore. I’m terrified by all these killings that are happening,” Leah, a Lae resident said.


The killing spree has sparked fear amongst residents in the PNG’s second largest city.


Leah Felix, a resident of Lae’s Cassowary Road, said she heard about the death of the woman at Kamkumung this morning.


Like other women in Lae, she is now afraid to catch the bus to the market, in fear of her safety.


“The buai market is a five minute walk from my home [but] I can’t risk it. I might be the next victim,” Mirima, a buai seller said.


The recent killings this week has brought the murder toll to seven. Two weeks ago, a youth was beaten to death by forty men at the Unitech bus stop and in the same week, a branch manager of a wholesale company was shot dead.


Lae’s police boss, Chief Superintendent Iven Lakatani, couldn’t comment on the recent killing as well as others that have happened this month.


It’s understood, however, that the Lae police are trying to contain and investigate Lae’s crime problems.

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