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Okaikwei North cancels 6th March parade following fatal clashes

The 62nd Independence Day parade in the Okaikwei North Municipality has been suspended following "simmering tension" between two rival youth groups.

Okaikwei North cancels 6th March parade following fatal clashes

On Tuesday evening, the rival groups clashed at Famada, resulting in the death of one person, in what appears to be a revenge attack.

“The Municipal Security Council finds the venue for the celebrations unsafe as it is within the same vicinity that the youth groups clashed,” a statement from the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly said.

The assembly said it “regrets any inconvenience this would cause to the general public especially the people of the Okaikwei North Municipality.”

Multiple media reports say one faction, angry about the killing of their colleague, stormed the area Tuesday evening apparently to revenge, and ended up destroying properties in the area.

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The one who died was said to have been stabbed on Monday and later died on Tuesday whilst receiving medical attention.

Friends of the deceased after the burial reportedly stormed the area Tuesday evening to avenge the death.

The rampaging youth forced many businesses in the area to close abruptly as well as forced other residents to stay indoors following the violent clash.

They are said to have arrived in the area with motorcycles, held sticks, cutlasses and guns and whipped people they came across in the streets and vandalised some shops.

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