Seven Police officials injured in ethnic clash in Ghana

Clashes between the Bimobas and the Konkonbas has resulted in the injuries of seven police men with three in critical condition.

A group of youth fired gun shots at the police team that was patrolling the area to maintain peace leading to the destruction of 30 houses and other personal properties while some people have been displaced.

Superintendent Alhaji Mahama Arhin, the Northern Regional Crime Officer, said the two ethnic groups are at loggerheads over some parcels of lands and any minor misunderstandings always results in attacks on each other.

He said on Tuesday evening, an armed robbery incident occurred at Kpamali in the Bunpurugu/Yunyoo District which resulted in the firing of gunshots adding that the two groups suspecting each other of planning attack, mobilized themselves on Wednesday morning in readiness for an impending attack.

He said nine policemen and two military officers went to the scene and prevailed upon the youth of Konkonbas to withdraw which they did but another group associated to Bimobas seeing the Konkonbas withdrawal, took the advantage to attack some nearby Konkonba settlements burning 30 houses and destroying several personal belongings.

Alhaji Arhin said an AK47 riffle and a locally manufactured pistol were retrieved from the Bimobas stressing that both groups were using sophisticated guns.

He said a week ago, similar incident nearly occurred when the Bimobas in the area became suspicious of a chief who had returned from a journey that the said chief (name withheld) had brought guns in preparations for a war.

Superintendent Arhin said more police personnel had been deployed from the Brong Ahafo and the Upper East Regions to maintain security saying the place was calm.

 

Source: GNA