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Papua New Guinea

21 August 2002

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Tari in Southern Highlands Province is under siege by a self-styled "army" calling themselves the "Hela Force". The "army" is in control of Tari township and locals are fearful of them. Mathew Mapiria, the peace and good order committee chairman for Komo/Magarima, Tari/ Pori and Koroba/ Kopiago said members of this self-styled force dress themselves in military fatigues and roam the streets of Mendi fully armed. "We don't know who they are, who sent them or who they... (

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