The fragile peace in Kaduna State was on Monday shattered after a fresh round of violence erupted between Kadara and Hausa youths at Kasuwan Magani town in Kajuru Local Government Area of the State.
While it is not yet clear what caused then violence, Daily Trust reports that it may have been due to allegations that a lady was about to be converted to a different faith.
It is understood that there had been tension in the area since last week with youths across the religious divide trading accusations.
Some youths are said to have retreated after the incident and later started burning houses, leading to a fresh round of fighting between the two sides and more casualties were recorded.
A resident of Kajuru, Malam Bako claimed that more than 10 people had been killed before security operatives intervened.
“My friend lost two of his brothers while his house was burnt and as I talking to you they are bringing more corpses to Kajuru,” he said.
Another source said many houses were burnt including the two biggest hotels in Kasuwan Magani town.
The police has however mobilized to the area to ensure there’s no further breakdown of law and order.
Confirming the incident, the police public relations officer of the Kaduna State command, ASP Mukhtar Hussain Aliyu said the commissioner of police quickly dispatched a team led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) to the area.
He added that the unit was joined by men of Operation Yaki and the mobile police force unit and they succeeded in bringing the situation under control.