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29.03.2007 General News

Highway robbers attack passengers

A group of six highway robbers suspected to be Fulanis on Wednesday dawn attacked a number of passengers traveling on the Kintampo Tamale Highway and made away with unspecified amount of money and a number of mobile phones.

About 15 vehicles, including a bus belonging to O.A Transport Services and another operated by Great Imperial Transport Company, Cargo vehicles as well as Benz buses were stopped during the attack which lasted for about 45 minutes.

One of the passengers who was traveling and a victim of the incident said that the robbery occurred between Kintampo and Bawa Akora on Wednesday dawn between 12:55 and 1:45.

The victim who pleaded on anonymity said all the vehicles moving in both direction of the road were stopped by the robbers who used logs to barricade the road.

He said the robbers who were wielding locally manufactured guns and were wearing face masks fired at the driver's side of the vehicle on which he was traveling damaging the windscreen, thus compelling the driver to open the doors for the robbers to invade the bus.

According to the victim, passengers on board the O.A bus which was the first to be attacked were assaulted after being robbed of unspecified amount of money and a number of mobile phones as well as other valuables.
He said the robbers fired several warning shots but none of the passengers sustained and gunshot wounds even though a few of them were beaten and slapped.

He stated that attempts by some passengers to make mobile phone calls for assistance failed as there was no reception in the area.

He said the robbers later released the vehicles to continue their journey and that the passengers reported the incident to the nearest police check point at Buipe, where the personnel on duty said they had suspected some thing had gone amiss, since no vehicles passed by.

Source: Daily Graphic