S/R: Lukula community deserted after communal clashes; police pursue suspects

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Security forces have been deployed to the North Gonja District town of Lukula to quell communal violence that has killed two.

The fighting, which occurred on Thursday between two factions of the same indigenous tribe also, left several injured.

The death toll moved to two on Friday after one of the injured persons died on his way to the Sandema Hospital. He has been named as Yakubu Amadu, 40.

Another victim, 37-year-old Yakubu Alidu died instantly after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in the ribs.

The deceased, who are both farmers, had since been buried in accordance with Islamic customs.

Suspects being pursued

Details of the violent disturbance were still unfolding but sources say the shootings started after some young men transporting blocks to the village for a mosque project were resisted.

Police say they are pursuing several suspects as investigations continue.

The Savannah Regional Security Council visited the riot-hit farming community.

The community had since been deserted as residents flee for safety.

“The police command are investigating the case to ensure that perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted. Meanwhile, the two factions have been appealed to allow peace to reign in the area”, Northern Regional Police Spokesperson, DSP Mohammed Yussif Tanko said.

“Police is monitoring the situation closely, necessary actions will be taken to ensure that everlasting peace and security is restored to the area”, DSP Tanko added.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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