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20.12.2007 General News

Robbers Attack Soldiers

By Daily Guide

The Kintampo District Police Command is still baffled over an incident in which armed robbers suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, opened fire on two military officers traveling on the Tamale-Kintampo road.

The dare-devil robbers last Friday pumped bullets into a military vehicle with registration number 97GA34, injuring Air Force Sgt.

Stephen Appiah, one of the two soldiers on board the vehicle from the Tamale Air Force Station.

Sgt. Appiah, who sustained serious injuries in the leg, is currently on admission at a military clinic at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, after receiving medical attention at the Kintampo Government Hospital.

Appiah, despite the gun wounds, managed to get away after driving the vehicle through the spikes the armed robbers had used to block the main road.

The robbers on their part, bolted upon realizing that the vehicle they had attacked was that of the military.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that earlier the robbers had raided a vehicle that broke down on its way to the north, robbing its passengers of their belongings.

The Kintampo District Police Commander, DSP Peter Cobina confirmed the incidents, but was adamant to give details, citing security reasons.
When DAILY GUIDE asked whether or not the patrol team from Kintampo was still working, DSP Cobina said he believed that at the time of the incident, the team might have been at the other end of the Tamale-Kintampo-Techiman road. He disclosed that the district had only one team patrolling the highway.

He however assured the general public that the Police Administration was doing all it could to beef up security on the road, ahead of the African Cup of Nations, Ghana 2008 tournament.

He said the Kintampo Police was conducting investigations into the attack and other highway crimes in the area.By Simmons Yussif Kewura