At least three people have been killed in Aba, Abia State, in clashes that started at the popular Ariaria Market.
The clashes began on Thursday afternoon mostly between Igbo traders and their Hausa counterparts, they said.
According to eyewitness that spoke to Premium times, one witness said the crisis started after a member of the Hausa community stabbed and killed an Igbo trader who reprimanded him for urinating near his store.
Other Igbo traders rounded the assailant and lynched him, the witness said.
But other witnesses and residents said news of the incident spread to other parts of the town and a mob gathered and attacked the Hausa community around the abattoir located at Ogbor Hill area of Aba.
â€œFrom that point matters degenerated. Soldiers in nearby barrack are shooting and at least one Igbo trader was hit and killed by a bullet,â€ the witness recounted.
According to a Facebook user who was giving live updates of what was going on she said while the soldiers shot at the boys, the bullets turned to sand.