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"The incident happened in broad daylight in front of hundreds of eyewitnesses and yet we haven't picked up any suspects yet," he added.

In rural Papua New Guinea, witchcraft is often blamed for unexplained misfortunes. Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery, but responses to allegations of witchcraft have become increasingly violent in recent years.

He said more than 50 people are suspected to have "laid a hand on the victim" and committed crimes in the mob attack. While many children had witnessed the killing, there were no child Nike Jacket Cotton suspects, he said.

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gasoline, and then set alight on a pile of car tires and trash in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen, national police spokesman Dominic Kakas said.

"It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with," O'Neill said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Kauba on Friday blasted Mount Hagen investigators by phone for failing to make a single arrest, Kakas said.

"We are in the 21st century and this is totally unacceptable," Kulunga said in a statement.

PORT MORESBY A mob stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of horrified witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said. It was the latest sorcery related killing in this South Pacific island nation.

Kakas could not immediately say what had become of the 29 since their first court appearances last year in the north coast province of Madang.

said. There is an internal investigation under way into what action police at the scene took.

Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga described the slaying as "shocking and devilish."

"He was very, very disappointed that there's been no arrest made as yet," Kakas said.

Prime Minister Pete O'Neill said he had instructed police to use all available manpower to bring the killers to justice.

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The United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the killing "adds to the growing pattern of vigilante attacks and killings of persons accused of sorcery" in Papua New Guinea.

Murder in punishable by death in Papua New Guinea, a poor tribal nation of 7 million people who are mostly subsistence farmers. But no one has been hanged since independence.

Bystanders, including many children, watched and some took photographs of Wednesday's brutal slaying. Grisly pictures were published on the front pages of the country's two largest newspapers, The National and the Post Courier, while the prime minister, police and diplomats condemned the killing.

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He suggested courts be established to deal with sorcery allegations, as an alternative to villagers dispensing justice.

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Kakas said onlookers were shocked by the brutality but were powerless to stop the mob. Police officers were also present but were outnumbered and could not save the woman, he Nike Long Sleeve Running Top Mens

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sorcery and that they had been extorting money as well as demanding sex from poor villagers for their supernatural services.

"There is no possible justification for this sort of horrific violence. We urge that sufficient resources are devoted to identifying, prosecuting and bringing to justice those responsible," Nuland said. would continue to work with the Papua New Guinean government and civil society to address gender based violence.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland condemned Leniata's killing as a "brutal murder."

In other recent sorcery related killings, police arrested 29 people in July last year accused of being part of a cannibal cult in Papua New Guinea's jungle interior and charged them with the murders of seven suspected witch doctors.

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Kepari Leniata, a 20 year old mother, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6 year old boy who died in a hospital on Tuesday.

By eating witch doctors' organs, the cult members believed they would attain supernatural powers.

Police alleged the cult members ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises.

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The public were apparently not co operating with police, and police carrying out the investigation were not working hard enough, Kakas said.

Kakas described the victim's husband as the "prime suspect" and said the man had fled the province. Kakas said he did not know if there was a relationship between the husband and the dead boy's family.

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