2 Killed, 24 Houses Burnt In Bunkpurugu

Renewed clashes between two factions in Bunkpurugu in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region have resulted in the death of two persons.

The bodies of the deceased persons, identified as Daniel Waap, a58-year-old teacher and Baba Zero, 48, have been deposited at the Baptist Medical Centre (BMC) morgue at Nalerigu in the East Mamprusi District pending autopsy.

Three other persons namely, Stanley Liuilasua, Suuk Manupulein and Gamle Musah, who sustained gunshot wounds, are currently receiving treatment at the hospital, DAILY GUIDE can confirm.

The fourth victim, Jabuik Gbingbaruk, said to be in critical condition, was trapped in fire but was later rescued when armed security personnel arrived at the scene.

The violence, which broke out late Sunday evening, resulted in the torching of 24 houses which led to dozens of residents fleeing the area for fear of reprisal attacks.

According to the security agencies, a member from one of the factions was on his way home from town when he was accosted and assaulted by the youth of the other faction for reasons unknown.

This reportedly triggered the reprisal attacks on members of the other gate as angry supporters started burning down houses amidst sporadic gunfire.

The swift intervention of the security agencies saved the situation as the death toll could have risen.

At the time of going to press, there was uneasy calm in the area with more armed men deployed on the orders of the chairman of the Northern Regional Security Committee (REGSEC) and Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohmmed Muniru-Limuna.

Alhaji Muniru-Limuna disclosed to DAILY GUIDE that REGSEC would gather intelligence to apprehend the perpetrators of the incident.

A long standing feud between the Namong and Jafeouk royal gates in Bunkpurugu over who is the legitimate occupant of the skin in the area had been lingering for some time now, creating a lot of tension.

The case is currently pending at the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi over the legitimacy of the current chief, Naa Alhaji Abuba Nasimong II, occupying the skin.

But even before the verdict is known, DAILY GUIDE in a previous publication, hinted there was tension in the area with reports suggesting that both factions were arming themselves to the teeth for possible reprisal attacks.

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale

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