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27.02.2009 Disaster

Armed Robber killed in a police shoot out in Kumasi


An armed robber was shot dead on Wednesday in a police shoot out after robbing a lady of her handbag containing three mobile phones and cash of GH¢300.

The body of the robber, believed to be in his mid-20s, has been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for autopsy.

Briefing the press in Kumasi on Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwaku Ayesu Opare-Addo, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, said the incident occurred at about 1900 hours on Wednesday at Atonsu Kuwait.

He said a Police Patrol Team had a tip-off from the lady who had been attacked by the robber.

DCOP Opare-Addo said the team got to the scene and met one Alhaji Abdulah, who had gone to the aid of the woman, shot in the forehead by the robber.

He said the robber who was hiding in an uncompleted building opened fire on seeing the police but was killed when the police fired back.

He said a locally manufactured pistol, three cartridges and a lady's handbag containing four mobile phones and a cash of GH¢300 were found on him.

DCOP Opare-Addo said the Ashanti Police command had killed four armed robbers within four weeks and a fifth nabbed by a civilian.

He called on the public to report criminals to the Police.