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One dead after riot sparked by machete attack at PNG rugby league game

Staff Reporter 7/09/2013 | |
One person is dead and many were left seriously injured after a riot at a rugby league match in Papua New Guinea that was sparked when a drunken spectator attacked a security guard with a machete.

The game between the Lae Snax Tigers and the Enga Mioks in the central town of Wabag was almost over when the spectator attacked the security guard, according to police.

The attack sparked a riot between spectators that sent people running for their lives.

At least one team vehicle was torched but the players were escorted safely to another town.

Rugby league officials had to be flown out by helicopter after the main highway was closed.

Vehicle burnt in ugly rugby league riot. facebook photos
Event organisers have placed an indefinite ban on games being held in Wabag and asked other venues to be on high alert as the season heads to the finals.

ABC

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