Seven feared dead as community clash in Edo state.

The Obayantor Community of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government, Edo State, has been thrown into panic after seven persons including a soldier have reportedly died as a result of a clash between rival youth groups in the community over leadership tussle.

Although the military has denied the death of any of its personnel, it was gathered that there was a clash that led to the deaths when a faction of youths in the community purportedly led soldiers into the community to comb it over alleged possession of firearms by a rival group and in the process, a soldier was reportedly killed and a reprisal left six people dead.

An eyewitness who didn’t want his name mentioned, said the incident happened on Saturday night and that his 80-year-old mother-in-law had to trek through the bush for hours before she was rescued and brought to him in Benin City.

As I am talking to you, she is with me in Benin City and we have to arrange for somebody to go and massage her because she trekked through the bush before she got to me.

She said they don’t even know what happened but that on Saturday night they started hearing gunshots everywhere in the community and they just started running into the bushes, he said.

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