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Over 40 people were yesterday feared dead while many houses were burnt in Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State when fight broke out between the Ebira Mozu and Bassa Komu people in the area.
The incident which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, had been a reoccurring development in the last few years.
Dangerous weapons like guns, knives and arrows were said to have been freely used in the clash that lasted for hours.
Many houses were said to have been set ablaze during the attack, leading to pandemonium among the residents of the area.
THISDAY gathered that the latest onslaught was said to have led to casualties on both sides and wanton destruction of property in the community.
It was learnt that the crisis and the destruction were aided by the peculiar terrain of the community which can only be easily accessed by water.
Sources also stated that some of the security operatives deployed to quell the crisis were involved in an accident at Odenyi and that they sustained inquiries.
Unconfirmed reports however said two of the security agents lost their lives in the accident.
Confirming the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Anya, said houses were burnt, but that the police were yet to have full information.
He, however, said the community had already been deserted before the arrival of a detachment of policemen sent to restore order in the area.