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General News of Friday, 20 July 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Protesting Zongo youth chase away IGP

The Inspector General of Police and his entourage were chased away by some irate Zongo community members at the Kumasi Central Mosque as protests over the killing of seven their youth continue.

The youth defied the Police’s riot control measures and pelted them with stones and other projectiles as they lined up to attend a meeting with the leaders of the Zongo community.

Two police cars were seen driving to the mosque, but some protesting youth started throwing stones at them, and they turned away.

The actions of the youth prevented the Minister of Information and the Zongo and Inner Cities Development Minister attending the meeting.

They are reported to be holed up inside the central mosque.

Like on Thursday, the protesters are burning car tyres and have blocked all roads leading to the central mosque.

They have vowed to resist any attempt to prevent from protest the death of their colleagues.

Relatives of the seven men killed by police say the Kumasi police framed the deceased persons by planting weapons on them after gruesomely murdering them.

They insist the seven men were not robbers but were instead killed in cold blood.

Though the police are yet to confirm the identities of the alleged robbers, the Regional Police Command said the operation that led to the killing of the seven was based on intelligence.

The seven were believed to be part of eight suspected robbers, whose attack led to the death of a Police Officer with the SWAT Unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command at Ayirebikrom near Manso Nkwanta.