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Jungle justice: tribes in PNG highlands have fought for centuries – but now they have machine guns

  • Tribal arms race has led to an influx of American M16s, AR-15s and Belgian FNs – all brutally effective rifles designed for the military – and of roving mercenaries and arms dealers willing to work for cash, pigs or women
  • Military intelligence suggests the guns come from nearby Bougainville Island – where a civil war raged until 1998 – or from across the porous Indonesian border, or even from within the security services themselves
Topic |   Pacific nations

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