SYDNEY — A group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers including one woman have been savagely attacked and injured by bandits in Papua New Guinea with two of their guides hacked to death, officials said Wednesday.
The deadly incident happened at dusk on Tuesday after the group set up their tents along the rugged Black Cat Track in the lawless Pacific nation’s northern Morobe province, with robbery the suspected motive.
“The attack resulted in the deaths of two PNG nationals who were porters for the group,” Australia’s department of foreign affairs said.
“Other members of the group — including eight Australians, one New Zealander and a number of PNG nationals — sustained injuries during the attack, however none of the injuries are life-threatening.”
The tour leader was identified in several Australian reports as a woman and all the other trekkers were said to be men.
PNG police spokesman Dominic Kakas told AFP the porters were hacked to death with machetes and four of the trekkers were badly assaulted, including one who was speared.
“One of the expatriates was speared through the left leg, one was slashed on the arm, another suffered severe lacerations to the head and another also had severe cuts,” he said.
“Some of the other porters were more seriously injured.
“There were six in the mob that attacked them,” he added, with all escaping. “One had a rifle, another a home-made gun, as well as bush knives and spears.”