7 killed in renewed inter-communal violence in Nigeria

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Seven people were killed following a renewed clash between two local communities over a boundary in Nigeria’s southeastern state of Ebonyi, the police said on Wednesday.

Ebonyi police chief Awosola Awotinde said properties were also destroyed when members of the Ngbo and Agila communities clashed on Tuesday.

Ngbo community in Ohaukwu local government area of the southeastern state of Ebonyi shares a land border with Agila, which is located in the north-central part of Nigeria.

The two local communities had been enmeshed in the intercommunal clash for decades, causing the National Boundary Commission to wade in.

However, hostilities resumed when members of the Agila community hit the southeastern town of Ngbo on Tuesday, shooting everyone at sight, said Clement Odah, a top local government official.

“We believe that the demarcation of the disputed land by the National Boundary Commission will bring lasting peace to the area,” Odah told Xinhua.

The police said they have launched a manhunt for perpetrators of the killings. Enditem

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