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Police said they were treating the torching as murder and preparing charges against those responsible.

There is a widespread belief in sorcery in the poverty-stricken Pacific nation where many people do not accept natural causes as an explanation for misfortune, illness, accidents or death.

A fire truck that responded to the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands, was also chased away.

The Expedition Korowai Dalam 2009 exceeded all our expectations as well as our most secret and boldest dreams.

The Kombai and Korowai, other Tree people tribes living in the area, had no idea that the Korowai Dalam existed.

In November 2009 we made another expedition to the tribe Korowai Dalam though. The most experienced people who where willing to bear the risk of possible failure and eventual injury.

There have been several other cases of witchcraft and cannibalism in PNG in recent years, with a man reportedly found eating his screaming, newborn son during a sorcery initiation ceremony in 2011.

In 2009, a young woman was stripped naked, gagged and burnt alive at the stake, also in Mount Hagen, in what was said to be a sorcery-related crime.

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