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General News of Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Residents flee over gunshots in Sayeegu

There was sporadic gunfire Monday, June 5, 2017 at troubled Sayeegu and Sambrik communities near Nakpanduri in the Northern region where a chief and his heir were killed over land dispute.

The two communities were just recovering from a fresh violence in April where many people were killed and several properties destroyed.

According to the Assembly member for Nakpanduri South, Mona-Dam the shooting started at about 4pm Monday at a land boundary between the two feuding villages while some women were picking shear nuts.

Mona said he received a distress call from a resident about the sound of gunshots being heard at the outskirt of Sayeegu and that people were fleeing.

“Yesterday, I was in the house and they called me that they were hearing some gunshots at the area. So I run quickly and went and informed the police and they told me there is no fuel for them to go, and I called the coordinating director’s line and it was not going through so I asked one assembly man in Bukprugu to go and check, and he told me that he (director) has traveled.

“I went and reported to the soldiers and they told me to go to the police first and I told them the police said they don’t have fuel… but they didn’t go”, the worried assembly man revealed.

He has since appealed to authorities to beef up security in the two villages to avert another bloodshed.

Efforts to reach the police to comment on the incident proved futile.

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