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General News of Friday, 1 July 2016

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Two in critical condition after gunmen attack bakery

Scene of the accident

An attack on bakery at Bomso in Kumasi in the Ashanti region has left two workers in critical condition at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Margaret Oforiwaa and Kwame Adjei are said to have bled profusely from gunshot wounds in last night’s attack believed to be an escalation of an earlier confrontation between a worker and a gang member.

What appeared a normal working night turned bloody when three gunmen wielding AK 47 assault rifles and pistols started shooting sporadically at workers on duty.

The armed gang had returned to the shop to retaliate an attack on one of its members who had a verbal confrontation with one of the workers. The disagreement turned into fisticuffs.

But after the two were separated, the man whose identity is unknown returned in the evening in the company of his colleagues, to carry through a threat to retaliate.

They chased the defenseless workers in darkness and shot two workers and a customer at close range.

Margaret was shot in the upper chest while Kwame was hit in the thigh.

The two who bred profusely are said to have been rushed to the KNUST Hospital and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in an unconscious state, only for health personnel there to resuscitate them.

The gang later attacked a family nearby.

One of the traumatized victims says it was a near-death experience for him and his family.

“I was on the phone and I heard the thing [gunshot] so we were thinking that may it’s a knock-out[fire crackers]. And then the second one came; then people started running-they were running for their life. Then when the third one came, it was just in front of them. Then one guy broke into our room and gave a warning shot.” He explained.

Meanwhile, KNUST District Police Command has launched investigations into the attack after visiting the crime scene last night and this morning.