The Yendi township has turned into what appears to be a war zone as security personnel and some unknown persons exchanged gunshots near the Gbewaa Palace where funeral rites for the late overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Naa Yakubu Andani II, was scheduled to begin Friday evening.

“There is no soul on the streets; there is currently a self-imposed curfew in Yendi township as security takes over the town. They are combing the entire town,” our correspondent reports from the zone.

One person is feared dead and several others sustain gunshot and machete wounds in the town which was buzzing with pomp Friday morning as chiefs and their people within the Dagbon Traditional area arrived for the final funeral rites of the lake king who died in 2002.

“Two houses have been burnt down, our correspondent” our correspondent reports, adding a military officer has also been shot in the thigh.

Similar violent incident Thursday evening led to the death of one persons and the burning of houses in the area, the Police confirmed.

According to the Police, a 50-year old Iddrisu Abdulai of Abudu Royal Gate who was shot in the hip and Abdallah Somed 46, who was also shot at in the upper part of his thigh in the Thursday incident are receiving treatment, as well as 26 year old Abdulai Issah of the Andani faction.

According to the Police, though calm has been restored to the area as of Friday morning, they were still touring the affected areas to ascertain the damage caused by the incident which happened at a time some chiefs were arriving in the town for a royal funeral.

But the latest disturbance which started around 2:00pm, just moments after the Friday Muslim prayers, has caused the funeral that was to start Friday evening has been halted.

Leadership the Andani Royal Family and the Northern Regional Security Council are currently in a crisis meeting, our correspondent adds.