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    two communities in Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
    The communal clashes were not linked to the series of
    bloody attacks by
    Boko Haram, an Islamic sect, which
    prompted the declaration of a state of emergency on
    Saturday in some parts of four northern states. Land
    dispute had existed between the two communities,
    Ezza and Ezilo for several years.
    "Upwards of 50 people were killed when a group of
    people from Ezza community attacked residents of
    neighbouring Ezilo community over a land dispute. The
    dispute between the two communities, which started
    in 2008, was believed to have been settled until the
    latest conflagration. A group of people from Ezza
    invaded Ezilo and attacked them, killing over 50
    people there." a government spokesman told
    newsmen. ( Continues below….. )
    John Elu, Ebonyi State police spokesman, put the
    death toll between 38 to 40, but said the figure may
    be higher. "We estimate that between 38 and 40
    people, including a senior police officer going to work,
    were killed in the clashes, although we don't have an
    accurate figure for those killed because some of them
    were hacked to death in the bushes; the death toll
    could be higher." Elu said in a press statement.
    Guns and machetes were freely used during the
    clashes. Several homes and properties were destroyed
    and
    blood spilled all over. Attackers set fire to many
    houses, shops, offices, petrol tankers and a mill. Riot
    police have been deployed to the two communities
    for restoration of law and order. No arrests have been
    made at the time of this report. Ebonyi State
    governor, Martin Elechi, and the state police chief
    visited the scene Saturday to inspect the extent of
    Over 50 people were killed Saturday in deadly clashes
    between
    damage.


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