Gunmen massacre 18 in Papua New Guinea attack

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At least 18 people have been killed in a tribal massacre in a remote village in Papua New Guinea.

In a facebook post, Prime Minister James Marape vowed to hunt down the killers. 

"In memory of the innocents who continue to die at the hands of gun-toting criminals, your time is up," he wrote.

"I am not afraid to use the strongest measures in law on you ... I am coming for you."

Hela Governor Philip Undialu said the killings, which took place between rival tribes over several days in Hela province, could be in "retaliation of a previous attack".

It is one of the worst outbreaks of tribal violence in PNG for years.

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