By G9ija

A pastor and a youth were killed in Ebonyi State during a fracas between youths in Abakaliki.

Police spokesman, ASP Philip Levi, in a statement on Monday, confirmed peace had been restored in the area.

The cleric was hit by a stray bullet while inside his residence.

Fight started Sunday night when youths of Ebyia Upnuhu in Abakaliki Local Government Area went on rampage.

They burnt houses after a man in the community was beaten up and he died.

The youths destroyed a hotel belonging to one Chukwudi Onyibe, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the local government on Internally-Generated Revenue.

“Security agents shot sporadically to disperse the irate youths but a stray bullet hit the pastor of a Pentecostal church who resides opposite the hotel,’’ NAN quoted an eyewitness.

The Chairman of Abakaliki LG Council, Emmanuel Nwangele, described the incident as unfortunate.

“I was informed that somebody died and that the youth were on rampage to the extent that they went to Bosco Guest House, but they were dispersed by the police”, he said.