BY PATRICK NIATO TOM
Four young Americans missionaries who were reported trapped and stranded in the Sugu valley area in Kagua Southern Highlands were safely rescued late last week.
With the other three Catholic nuns and a family from Buka, the Southern highlands Police task force team and PNG defence force members successfully rescued them.
Southern Highlands Provincial Police commander Gideon Kauke said the team of 30 Police and defence force members were deployed to the Sugu valley after they received reports of these foreigners being trapped due to the intense tribal fighting.
He said the rescue operation started at around 10 pm on Thursday when they launched in to the fighting zone and safely rescued the four young missionaries from the Bible Church Missionary (BCM) with three Catholic nuns and a family from Buka.
PPC Kauke told Post Courier that the stranded people have been safely removed from the war zone and they have been taken to Mt Hagen.
He confirmed that they are now in Mt Hagen and the four young missionaries must have to been returned to Port Moresby.
PPC Kauke commended the effort of his officers and the PNGDF members for their outstanding work.
He called on the two warring tribes to lay down their weapons and end the fighting as this has affected the lives of many innocent mothers and children who were attending school as they were not able to attend school due to the ongoing tribal fighting.
The fight started last month and involved high powered factory made weapons were used and this made it challenging for police, peace and good order committee, mediators and community leaders from neighboring tribes to negotiate an end to the continuous battle.
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