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Australian Trekkers Injured on PNG Black Cat Track

Postby Overlandman » Wed 11 Sep, 2013 9:16 am

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From ABC
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-11/a ... ty/4950114

Australians are among those injured in an attack on a trekking group in Papua New Guinea, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.
Two local porters were killed in the attack yesterday on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province.
A DFAT spokeswoman says an unspecified number of Australians and one New Zealander were wounded, but that none of their injuries are life threatening.
They received medical treatment on arrival into Wau late last night.
DFAT is advising trekkers to avoid the track until local police have investigated the incident.
The Black Cat Track is a rough track that runs from the village of Slamaua on the coast of the Huon Gulf, south into the mountains to the town of Wau.
It originally started as a trail for gold prospectors heading to Wau.

The trail was a staging ground for battles between Australian and Japanese troops in World War II.
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Re: Australian Trekkers Injured on PNG Black Cat Track

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aussie & kiwi trekers attacked, 2 killed 2 porters, PNG

Postby wayno » Wed 11 Sep, 2013 10:04 am

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/ar ... d=11123020

Bandits have attacked a group of Australian and New Zealand trekkers in Papua New Guinea, killing two of their local porters.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said members of the group, including Australians, one New Zealander and a number of PNG nationals, were injured during the attack.
However, none of the injuries were life threatening.
The spokeswoman said the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby was aware of the attack, which occurred on the Black Cat Track in PNG's Morobe Province on Tuesday.
"The attack resulted in the deaths of two PNG nationals who were porters for the group," she said in a statement.
"Our sympathies are with the family and friends of those who were killed."
The DFAT spokeswoman said the group's trekking company arranged medical treatment when they arrived at Wau late last night.
The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby has provided consular support and will meet with the group when they return to Port Moresby.
The spokeswoman said travel advice for PNG advised Australians to exercise a high degree of caution because of the high levels of serious crime.
That advice has now been updated to provide details of the latest incident.
"We recommend that trekkers avoid the Black Cat Track until the local police have investigated this incident," she said.
The Black Cat Track runs between Wau and Salamaua in northern PNG.
It was the scene of bitter fighting between Australian and US troops and Japanese forces in 1943. It is regarded as one of the most arduous walks in PNG.

Earlier this year, then Australian home affairs minister Jason Clare and coalition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison walked the track, accompanied by a pair of wounded soldiers.
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Re: aussie & kiwi trekers attacked, 2 killed 2 porters, PNG

Postby GPSGuided » Wed 11 Sep, 2013 10:26 am

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