Four persons are reported dead following a shooting incident in Bimbilla in the Northern Region.
Nine other persons are said to have sustained various degrees of injury in a gun battle that ensued in the town yesterday.
One of the deceased persons was identified as Abas Bungu, 30, a teacher. Seven houses have also been burnt in the melee.
The Northern Regional Police Spokesperson, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, told journalists that the four people died in the afternoon after confusion broke out between two factions.
It is not clear yet what may have provoked the violence, but reports say it might not be unconnected with the refusal of some butchers to perform some traditional rites.
Sources say some butchers in the town refused to recognise Yakubu Dasana Andani as the regent of the Nanumba Traditional Area and subsequently refused to observe a custom which demands the surrendering of a portion of their meat to the traditional ruler.
The custom, according to reports, had not been observed for some time now because the area had been involved in a protracted chieftaincy dispute, one such disputes erupting
over the killing of the Bimbilla chief, Naa Dasana Abdulai Andani, last year.
The police have warned residents to stay indoors.
A curfew has been imposed on Bimbilla, with security personnel deployed to the area to maintain peace and order.
Several shooting incidents have over the years been recorded in the region, compelling government to continuously renew the curfew imposed on the residents.
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