GAMBIA: BREAKING NEWS: OVER 40 PIU OFFICERS DEPLOYED TO KULORO; AS YOUTHS ARMED WITH CUTLASSES ATTACKED NEIGHBORING SETTLEMENTS; MANY INJURED; PASSENGER VEHICLES, PRIVATE CARS; AND AN AMBULANCE DESTROYED!

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Over 40 police intervention unit (PIU) officers have been deployed to Kuloro village, Kombo East to help maintain peace in the locality, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. This followed, an overnight violence between the supporters of two rival football teams. Kuloro football team and Pirang had an altercation on Saturday. Some people sustained serious injuries during the violence, which lasted for hours. Armed police had to move in to restore order.

Angry youths were armed with cutlasses and other deadly weapons during the clashes. They also mounted road blocks, harassing travelers, and smashing vehicles windscreens. One of the vandalized vehicles was an ambulance.

For now, relative calm has returned to the village. Though, there is strong police presence in the locality.

The Pirang players and supporters, who had earlier sought shelter at the Mandinaba police station, have been safely escorted home by armed PIU officers. Kuloro youths have vowed to attack them if seen on the road.

Three villages have been named in the violence that rocked Kombo East: Kuloro, Pirang and Sotokoto. Villagers could be seen armed with cutlasses and other deadly traditional weapons. They chased and attacked each other.

Passenger cars, and private vehicle owners, were never spared during the disturbances. Vehicle windscreen were smashed to the ground. Some of the destroyed vehicles have been grounded.

No arrest has been made yet. Sources said an estimated 260 additional PIU officers will be needed to help restore peace in Kuloro and its surrounding settlements.

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