Trekkers attacked by Papua New Guinea bandits tell of horror
SYDNEY (AFP) - A group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers brutally attacked by bandits in Papua New Guinea told on Thursday of their harrowing ordeal and horror as two porters were butchered.
The eight tourists were in their tents on the remote jungle-clad Black Cat Track in the lawless Pacific nation's northern Morobe province when a mob of six armed men struck at dusk on Tuesday.
Two porters were hacked to death with machetes, one reportedly partially decapitated, while up to six others were seriously wounded. Four of the Australians were also injured, including one who was speared through the leg.
"It started to rain and some of us were inside the tents when there was a whole lot of noise, shouting. I thought the boys had found a bush kangaroo, an animal or something like that," one of the survivors, Nick Bennett, told Channel Nine after arriving in the capital Port Moresby.