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26.03.2008 General News

Man Killed In Bomb Blast

By Daily Guide

ONE PERSON lost his life on Good Friday in a bomb blast at Ashaiman when a group of scrap dealers attempted to dismantle a device identified as TPT.65.

Two others, including a teenager, also sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Tema General Hospital and later referred to the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

The injured were identified as Yakubu Moshie 27 and Sanusi Ibrahim, 13, but the deceased could not be immediately identified.
Investigations have so far indicated that the three were trying to dismantle what happened to be an old bomb, in order to extract a copper wire that was in it, and in the process it detonated.

Briefing journalists on the development, the Ashaiman Municipal Police Commander, Superintendent Frank Awu, disclosed that on Good Friday at about 4:30 pm whilst he was in the office, he heard an unusually loud sound which he said shook the entire police building.

“Following the gravity of the sound, I came out and directed one of my boys to check what was happening,” the commander said, adding that immediately the policeman left, an ex-service man came into the station with a remnant of the TPT.65 which had detonated a couple of minutes earlier.

According to Superintendent Awu, the ex-soldier reported that whilst he was walking along the road opposite the main exit of the station, he heard a sound like that of a bomb blast and rushed there to find out what was happening.

The Police commander said the ex-soldier narrated that on reaching the spot of the explosion, which turned out to be workshop for some two scrap dealers, he saw a disfigured body lying close to a very big hole in the ground, and two other persons with various degree of injuries nearby.

Supt. Awu told the press that the police, with the ex-military man, went back to the scene and their preliminary investigations revealed that the impact of the bomb blast had broken the legs and arms of the victims. He further explained that because the face of the dead had been ripped off, identification was very difficult.

On the extent of injuries of the two, Supt. Awu said while Yakubu Moshie had his hand and both legs broken, 13-year old Sanusi had only his right leg fractured.

Supt. Awu said the owners of scrap shop were identified as Naringa Ibrahim and Zakari Awudulai.

He assured that a thorough investigation into the matter to unravel how the bomb was brought into the scrap yard would be conducted.

From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Ashaiman

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