File photo of communal clash

Many people have been reportedly killed in renewed crisis between two communities in Kastina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

The clash reportedly started when gunmen believed to be from either sides of the warring Shitile and Ikyulav tyev communities, attacked each other in the early hours of Saturday, killing many in the process.

A local official told Daily Trust that some gunmen stormed Sati- Agirigi- a settlement of Shitile- about 1:00am and killed seven people.

The official, according to Trust, said that in what seemed like a reprisal, another set of gunmen attacked mourners in Amaafu in Tongov community of same Katsina Ala LGA and killed at least 10 people.

“It’s obviously a renewed rivalry between Shitile and Ikyulav people in Kastina-Ala LGA. A few days ago, important personalities of the warring communities had held a peace talk and just when everyone thought there were no longer issues, we wake up to this sad happening today (Saturday),” the council official said.

Some sources say between 25 to 30 people have been killed in the crisis.

In an address to journalists in Makurdi however, Chairman of Kastina-Ala Local Government, Mrs Virginia Kpindi, said more than three persons were killed and others injured were now receiving treatment in the hospital.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command, DSP Catherine Anene did not respond to calls to her phone line.