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General News of Friday, 15 July 2011

Source: GNA

Armed robbers attack passengers on Kumasi-Accra highway

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Kubease (Ash), July 15, GNA – A robbery gang at dawn on Thursday, attacked a passenger bus on the Kumasi-Accra Highway and made away with cash totalling more than GH¢14,000.00, cell phones and other valuables.

Four of the passengers sustained injuries and received treatment at the Ejisu Government Hospital.

The robbers numbering about seven and armed with locally manufactured pistols and machetes struck at about 0200 hours at a spot on the Kubease-Duapompo section of the highway.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Stephen Awuah, the Ejisu District Police Commander, confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) and said there had not been any arrest.

They are, however, doing everything to arrest and bring the robbers to justice.

He said the whole operation was believed to have lasted for about 30 minutes.

They cleverly blocked the road with two trucks, depicting a false image of an accident scene.

As the bus neared the blockade, one of the robbers, wearing a black uniform with a reflective jacket, resembling that of the police, signalled the driver to stop, which he did.

ASP Awuah said all of a sudden, his colleagues emerged from the nearby bush carrying guns and other offensive weapons and began firing shots into the air.

They then ordered the passengers to come down, conducted body checks on them and took away their money, phones and other valuables.

They escaped in the two trucks after the operation.

The robbery occurred at the same area where the infamous Amina Yutong bus incident was reported to have taken place.

ASP Awuah expressed concern about the notoriety and attraction of that section of the highway for robbers and appealed for public support to enable the police to effectively deal with the criminals.

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