Four Chinese murdered by sword in PNG

21:26, Jun 25 2013

Four Chinese have been murdered and chopped up by sword in a brutal attack on a shop in Papau New Guinea's capital of Port Moresby.

The state owned National Broadcasting Commission says the three men and a woman were staff at a general food store when they were attacked at around 9pm yesterday.

The owners of the Poomo Industry (PNG) Limited, and two of their employees, were the victims.

Police say one of the men was beheaded and the others chopped up, showing the hallmarks of a sword attack.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the killings are brutal and cowardly.

He called on the business community, especially those of Chinese and Asian origin, to remain calm and continue business as usual.

The Chinese Embassy told NBC there was no Chinese mafia style gang in Port Moresby and they believed the assailants were Papau New Guineans.

Charlie Chou of the embassy says the only survivor who saw what happened has recognized a local wearing a mask during the time of the incident.

Police say they are treating the matter as an attempted robbery which turned nasty.

Port Moresby has long had a deserved reputation for high levels of violence and murder.

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