Two persons have been reported dead in Obiaruku and neighbouring communities in the Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta State when youths from Umusume and Obi-Edike clashed on Wednesday.
The crisis, according to sources, was fuelled by an age-long land dispute between the people of Umusume, an Obiaruku community, and the Obi-Edike Quarter in the Obinomba community, Umukwata kingdom.
Scores of persons reportedly sustained life-threatening gunshot injuries from both communities as the fracas forced schools, market and commercial activities to shut down.
Eyewitnesses stated that trouble started when youths from Obinomba, who were celebrating the Ukwata Festival, encroached on the Umusume community.
This reportedly provoked the Umusume community and led to a free-for-all between members of both communities.
As at the last count, two youths were reportedly fell, while scores of other persons, who sustained injuries, had been rushed to hospital in the neighbouring university community of Abraka in the Ethiope East Local Government Area of the state for treatment.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the area as sporadic gunshots forced residents of the communities to desert their homes.
When contacted, a senior police officer from the Obiaruku Police Station confirmed the incident, but stated that relative peace had returned to the warring communities following police intervention.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, could not be reached for official response as of the time of filing this report.