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1 killed, many injured in a clash between two communities in Taraba

by Mustapha Olamide
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At least one person has been killed and a number of other others injured during a feud that ensued between youths of two different settlements within the Water Board area of Jalingo, the Taraba capital .

The clash, which was said to possess been triggered on Sunday as a results of a fight between two young men over a lady’s love at a celebration hall, also led to the destruction of properties worth many naira.

This degenerated to a crisis when one among the young men hired thugs to inflict mayhem on the opposite , who successively , called on friends to help in fighting back.

Houses and worship centres were destroyed while vehicles were burnt, and shops looted within the wake of the crisis.

It took the intervention of security operatives before the strain within the area was doused.

A businessman who specialises during a bread bakery, Salihu Sale, decried that he was suffering from the clash between the youth groups.

He told Channels Television that after the fight broke out, he fled for safety along side his workers just for then to return to pack what was left of his bakery.

“This incident started four days ago as a minor scuffle all of sudden . It then degenerated into a fight between youths of two communities over a woman.

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“It later became a spiritual fight between Christian and Muslim youths. They broke my doors and windows, but fortunately, security operatives arrived and took control of things which is why i’m here to pack what’s left of my bakery,” he said.

Another eyewitness, Ezekiel Ali, said he saw the lifeless bodies of two youths on the bottom after the fight.

“Although i’m not a specialist, from what I saw, one among the victims was hit by bullets because we saw holes in his body,” he said.

The Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Azare, who visited the world condemned the incident.

He stated that just one person was killed during the crisis, adding that the police have made a couple of arrests in reference to the crisis.

“From the report gathered by my men on the bottom , just one person was confirmed killed with many injured and receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

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