Two persons were killed during a bloody clash between Igbo and Fulani people at Gariki Market, Enugu, on Wednesday.
The deceased persons were identified as one Ali, a Fulani and Ifeanyi Ifeacho, an Igbo.
The incident happened very late on Wednesday evening.
According to an eyewitness, trouble started when Ali came from New Artisan Market with a cow to slaughter in the Gariki abattoir.
Ali came to Gariki abattoir where Ifeanyi worked as attendant to slaughter his cow, following the closure of New Artisan Market by the state government early this week.
The eyewitness said when Ali finished slaughtering his cow, he gave Ifeanyi N400 instead of the N500 fee for slaughtering a cow in the abattoir.
Ifeanyi was said to have asked Ali to give him the remaining N100 but the Fulani man remained adamant, insisting that he would not pay any other money.
The misunderstanding degenerated to a fight between the two.
In the ensuing melee, Ali pulled out a dagger and stabbed Ifeanyi severally on the stomach.
Ifeanyi slumped on the ground and died on the spot.
Ali attempted to escape from the market but some outraged Igbo traders grabbed him and killed him in turn.
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The angry Igbo traders mobilized and burnt down the mosque inside Gariki market.