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General News of Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Source: Daily Graphic

Three die in Northern Ghana conflict

The protracted conflict between Konkombas and Bimobas in the Northern Region erupted last Sunday leaving in its wake three persons dead and many others injured.

Reports reaching the Daily Graphic also said a number of houses in various communities of the area were burnt and properties running into billions of cedis destroyed and/or looted.

The police, under the command of the Northern Regional Commander, Mr Ephraim Brakatu, have since moved to the area to take control and restore calm.

According to the sources, the renewed conflict arose from a misunderstanding between a Bimoba man and a Konkomba man at the Jimbali Market in the district.

Three houses in the Jimbali area were reportedly burnt immediately after the conflict erupted.

The situation degenerated when other people believed to be from the two ethnic groups in contention, mobilised themselves and attacked one another after news went round that their kinsmen were involved in a fight at the market.

Sources at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) that confirmed the story, however, told the Daily Graphic in Tamale yesterday that the security agencies were yet to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the disturbances.

The source further said the extent of damage to property was yet to be known and that the BNI was in the process of confirming casualties that resulted from the disturbances.

Members of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) also met yesterday and adopted measures to forestall further disturbances in the area.