BREAKING: Several dead as tribal war erupts in Adamawa

A clash between two tribes in a town in Adamawa State has led to the death of an unspecified number of people and displaced virtually all other residents.

Sources said the indigenous Lunguda tribe and their Waja counterparts in Lafiya, a commercial town in Lamurde local government area of the state, faced one another in a clash on Tuesday night through to Wednesday morning.

According to one of the sources, about five villages, including Momsurmi, Boshikiri, Zakawon and Burti villages, were razed, causing almost every resident to flee.

Houses, domestic animals and food items were destroyed in the affected villages before intervention from the military.

Crime watch reports that this conflict further projects Lamurde LGA as an emerging crisis hot spot in Adamawa State, as only last month a communal conflict resulted in deaths and destruction of valuable properties in Tigno.

The latest conflict and the tribal violence was said to have been sparked by a dispute over farmland.

Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Chief Crowther Seth, responded by visiting Lafia on Wednesday in the company of the Brigade Commander of the 23 Brigade Yola, Brigadier General Sani Gambo Mohammed.

The Deputy Governor who assured that the government would investigate and bring perpetrators to book warned against further escalation of the violence.

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