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12.04.2007 General News

10 Injured In Clash Of Muslim Sects

A clash between members of the Al-Sunnah and Tijaniyya Muslim sects at Ejura in the Ashanti Region over doctrinal differences has left 10 Al-Sunnah members injured, four of them in very serious condition.

Three of them are on admission at the Ejura Hospital while one has been referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH). The other injured persons were treated and discharged at the Ejura Hospital.

Chief Supt. Augustine Gyening, the Mampong Police Divisional Commander, told the Daily Graphic that the incident occurred at about 8.30 p.m last Sunday.

He said the two groups had not been on good terms due to doctrinal differences. Last Sunday, the Tijaniyya accused the Al-Sunnah of preaching against them. They, therefore, organised themselves and attacked the Al-Sunnah members, who also fought back.

He said for more than 30 minutes gunshots were fired indiscriminately and residents were forced to keep indoors.

He said before Sunday's clash, police were told that an Al-Sunnah member was attacked by a Tijaniyya the previous day.

Mr Gyening said two persons were arrested in connection with the clash, but had been released on bail.

The divisional commander cautioned the leadership of the two groups to desist from further trouble and that the police had the situation under control.

Story by Annabella Sarfo Mireku