Three persons were reportedly killed while five others were injured with several houses and cars burnt to ashes, following a purported disagreement between Christian and Muslim youths during a mid-night party.
This came following a night attack which was said to have been carried out by some Muslim youths from Lushi on a nearby Christian community in Tsakani Yelwa area of Bauchi city, as a reprisal attack.
It was learnt that the Muslim youths broke into several houses and attacked soft targets using dangerous weapons, and chanting war songs.
It was gathered that several people sustained grave injuries from swords, knives, and guns with blood littered on the ground.
The ugly event was said to have caused chaos as people without arms dashed for safety.
Two victims of the clash, Joash and Happy Joshua, who both suffered deep cuts, reported that the Muslim aggressors met them in front of their family house while they were trying to run for safety.
Correspondents learnt that trouble started when Muslim and Christian youths had a disagreement, with the Muslim youths mobilising for attack in retaliation.
At the sight of the crisis scene after the mid night attack, smoke and fire was still burning some houses with residents seen in groups grieving the incident.
However, economic, transport and other activities in the areas were also on a standstill while armed security were on patrol to contain the situation.
A resident, Mrs Jummai Madalla had accused the police of detaining her innocent son including other Christian youths while none of the Muslim attackers have been arrested so far.
“Police threatened to kill me apart from harassing us inside our family house using guns instead of going after the attackers because they fear the Muslim youths which is unacceptable,” she lamented.
Meanwhile, some of the residents went haywire protesting the detention of Christian youths by the police as it almost resulted to a clash between the protesters and security agents.
The Bauchi State Police commissioner, Mr. Sunusi Lemu, confirmed that about three people were killed, but could not ascertain the number of injured victims.
He said that the command learnt of the burning of the houses and cars by the attackers, and quickly mobilised policemen to the scene to contain the situation.
The Police Commissioner expressed regret over the incident, vowing that the command will fish out the attackers in no distant time.
“The command was alerted of the incident in Tsakani Yelwa that there was disagreement between some groups of youths after a midnight party that took place in the area, and that resulted to the fracas,” he said.
The Police Boss furhter warned troublemakers to discontinue from causing violence in the state, especially as the 2019 election approaches, and ensure peace between members of the two religions.