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General News of Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Afram Plains: Two police robbery suspects escape from custody

The two Police Officers and a mechanic who were arrested for allegedly attacking a GCB bullion van have escaped from Police custody, Starrfmonline.com can confirm.

The three suspects were arrested Tuesday evening after the attack on the bullion van led to the death of the vehicle driver while a Police officer escorting the vehicle was also wounded.

The armed robbers attacked the GCB Bank bullion van at Maame Krobo in the Affram Plains South district of the Eastern region, killing the driver of the van.

The heinous incident reportedly occurred on Monday morning at about 10:30am. The robbers fled into the bush after the attack, Affram Plains district commander Superintendent Obeng Dompreh told Starrfmonline.com.

He said the robbers could not succeed with their operation as a result of a gun battle with the police officer on board the vehicle.

After thorough investigations, two Police officers known as Kissi and Fire and a mechanic were arrested for their involvement in the robbery incident.

Eastern regional Police Commander DCOP Gyinae confirmed to Starrfmonline.com that information available to him indicates that the two officers and the mechanic escaped as they were being transferred to the Police regional head office in Koforidua.

He added that investigations are currently underway to ascertain how they managed to escape but he is yet to receive official briefing.