The renewed boundary dispute between the people of Enyigba, Abakaliki local government area, Ebonyi state and their neighbouring Alike community, Ikwo local government area of the state has claimed six lives.
Properties worth millions were also destroyed when armed youths from Enyigba stormed Alike shooting sporadically at villagers and setting houses ablaze.
A source in the community said a two year old boy and five others were shot dead in the over three decades old intractable dispute.
The source alleged that the youths stormed the Nwelem market, which is opposite the home of the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Martin Elechi on a market day and opened fire on the people, killing six persons.
Policemen on duty at the nearby Alike Ikwo station, reportedly fled their duty post as they could not match the superior firepower of the youths.
The attack forced hundreds of residents of the area to flee the community.
The people of Enyigba belong to Izzi clan which is one of the major clans in Ebonyi state while Alike people belong to the Ikwo clan.
Police spokesman, Loveth Odah said she was out of town when contacted for comments on the incident.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor David Umahi, Emmanuel Uzor who confirmed the incident to reporters was however silent on the number of casualties.