Three persons last Friday lost their lives when armed robbers, suspected to be of Fulani extraction, struck on the Mampong-Kofiase road in the Ashanti Region.
While two persons were shot by the suspected robbers, one was run over by a vehicle that failed to heed a signal by the robbers to do so.
The deceased have been identified as Kwabena Yeboah, 17, who was riding a motorbike and was sprayed with bullets by the robbers; Evans Anane, 13, who was shot in the forehead for shouting to call his mother, and Abena Anima, 49, who was run over by the taxicab.
So far three of the suspected armed robbers have been arrested by the Mampong Police and are currently in their custody.
They are Bayor Aberite, 33; Azuzie Mensoma, 22 and Gmituo Botere, 24.
Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Ashanti Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Yussif Tanko, said the incident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. last Friday on the Mampong-Kofiase road when a gang of five hood-wearing armed robbers blocked the road and robbed a number of passengers of their belongings.
He said the gang stopped a Toyota Hiace bus and used the occupants to block the road. Moments later, a taxicab pulled up but the driver did not heed the robbers’ signal for him to stop.As a result, the taxi ran over some of the passengers who were lying on the road, leading to the death of Abena.
Mr Tanko said the Mampong Highway Patrol team, which was on its usual rounds, appeared on the scene but the robbers opened fire on them, hitting the shoulder of Inspector Francis Ahadzie.
ASP Tanko said the robbers managed to escape arrest initially but three of them had been arrested.
Following a tip-off that the suspects were hiding at Nkwanta, a town near Mampong, the police descended on the area last Saturday and arrested them.
When their room was searched, the police found cartridges and uniforms similar to those of the police and a photograph of one of the suspects, Azuzie, wearing a camouflage and holding an AK47.
The police are yet to retrieve the AK47 used in the operation.