10 killed in Nigerian communal clash
Abuja – At least 10 people have been killed in a communal clash in southern Nigeria’s Edo State, military authorities said Wednesday.
The incident occurred in the Ukhuorumi Community located in the Oredo local government area, reported Xinhua, citing Capt. Roselyn Managbe, spokesperson of the 4 Brigade Division of the Nigerian Army, while adding that no arrest had been made.
“We (security officials) arrived at the location after the damage had been done. We are on ground to forestall any further crisis and to bring peace back to the community,” she said.
The fracas broke out among supporters of two community leaders who have a protracted leadership tussle over the affairs of the Community Development Association, said Benedict Osas, a resident.
The community is now deserted as local people have fear of possible reprisal attacks after many cars and buildings were razed by the fighters on Tuesday, Osas said.
“They were sporadic shootings which initially crippled business in the community,” he added.