Papua New Guinea declares 9-month state of emergency over riots

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Papua New Guinea has declared a nine-month state of emergency in the Southern Highlands province and suspended its government.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said armed forces are being been sent to restore order after rioters resorted to looting and burning.

Armed crowds burned an airplane, looted a warehouse and torched buildings in Mendi, the capital of the Southern Highlands province.

Violence has often ravaged the remote interior of the Pacific nation, where tribal and land disputes dominate regional politics.

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