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Kumasi: Armed Men Seize Kumasi As Residents Run For Dear Life

robberA group of armed men on Tuesday night attacked residents of Kumasi as they seized some streets in the metropolis amidst sporadic shootings.

About 30 to 50 half-naked gunmen on motorbikes fired several warning shots using AK-47 and pump action guns as they laid siege on the helpless residents.

The Hollywood-style action left many vehicles damaged as motorists crashed into each other while attempting to escape the onslaught which took place at about 7 p.m.

The incident occurred mainly between the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology [Tech] and Anloga Junction road on the main Kumasi-Accra road.

Eye-witnesses believed the robbers were reacting to recent police raids on suspected criminals hiding at the Affordable Housing Project Site at Asokore Mampong.

Many people, including a nurse got injured as they fled the attack.

Traumatized, a resident named Maame Birago said she nearly collapsed upon seeing the armed men.

“I was going to the salon to re-touch my hair [and] all of a sudden I heard gun shots and a lot of people are running…They were many, some of them were wearing boxer shorts and other things so I also decided to run for my life and that of my child.

“I nearly collapsed. I even fell on the floor so I just got up and run for my life,” Birago narrated.

An unidentified student of the Ghana National Academy also described the incident as “horrifying”.

“They were not using magazine made (guns). The sounds of those weapons was different from that of those manufactured locally because I have seen local pistols before,” he recounted.

Meanwhile the Ashanti Regional Police Command say they have arrested over 100 suspected criminals in the past few weeks with reinforcement from Accra.

Regional Commander, DCOP Augustine Gyening in an interview with Nhyira Fm, strongly suspected Tuesday’s attack was to divert the attention of police and weaken their resolve to clear the region of miscreants.

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