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Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru

Relative calm has returned to Bombilla and Bogni in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern region after Thursday?s reprisal attacks that led to the death of Sakuaka Dinja, 32.

Four persons, according to Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), ASP Ebenezer Tetteh sustained gunshot wounds and are currently receiving medical attention at the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu.

Fifteen houses were completely burnt while several foodstuffs were destroyed during the skirmish.

Most residents have left the troubled communities to neighbouring farming communities due to the fear of further attacks while armed security personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order.

The men in the communities have fled into the bush for fear of being arrested by police who are determined to track down the culprits.

ASP Tetteh disclosed that security personnel will remain there until the security situation improves in the two communities.

Renewed clashes between Bimobas and Konkombas at Bombilla, a farming community near Nakpanduri in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region begun last Wednesday.

It followed a dawn raid by persons believed to be of Konkomba extraction in the Bombilla community, which resulted in the death of the 32-year-old farmer.

Enraged relations of the deceased converged and launched reprisal attack at Bongni, which also resulted in the burning of several houses. Two unidentified persons were said to have died during that particular attack.

The latest fighting began days after the visit by the Northern Regional Minister Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru to the area to interact with various chiefs within the eastern part of the region as part of his familiarization tour of the region.

It is unclear what sparked the latest violence which begun on Wednesday night with sporadic gunfire from both sides.

Sources attributed the skirmish to the long-standing chieftaincy and land dispute in the area.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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