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25 die in Taraba communal clash



TARABA State Police Command has confirmed that 25 persons were killed while several others were injured in a clash between Shomo and Jole ethnic groups in Lau Local Government Area of the state.

  Police Public Relations Officer in the state, David Misal, said about 100 houses were razed during the clash which took place in the area on Monday.

  Although he could not immediately ascertain the cause of the conflict, sources traced the attack to disagreement over ownership of some ancestral fish ponds between the two fishing communities.

  The conflicts between Shomo and Jole had been lingering for decades over claims and counterclaims of ownership of disputed fish ponds.

  The government had banned fishing activities in the disputed ponds for a period of 10 years but as soon as the ban was lifted in 1999, the communities resumed conflicts.

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