Police: 2 injured, 151 houses burnt in Chereponi attack

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The police have established that, a total of 151 houses were burnt during Good Friday’s dawn attack in seven communities in the Chereponi area of the Northern region of Ghana.

According to the Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusif Mohammed Tanko, two people were injured by gun shots during the attack.

They were a five-year-old girl who was shot in the thigh and an 18-year-old man who was also shot in the neck. They have both been treated and discharged from hospital.

Speaking to Accra based radio station Joy FM, ASP Tanko said the residents have told the police that the attackers were Bimobas from neighbouring Togo.

They were said to have attacked around 4am, burnt the houses and fired the gun shots.

ASP Tanko said the police were still on the ground investigating the cause of the incident and have not drawn a conclusion yet on who initiated the attack, why the attack and the number of the attackers involved.

He also said no arrests have been made as of now.

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The affected communities includes Bunbruga, Lamshega, Jabanga and Jawali communities.

A combined military and police reinforcement team from Yendi have since been dispatched to the area to bring the situation under control.

Some residents suspects the attack was a retaliation of a similar incident in 2016.

Late last year, there was a violent conflict between a section of the Chokosis and the Bimobas over who had the authority to fish in the Kpembi River, a tributary of the Oti River. One person died as a result of that conflict.

Some of the affected residents have fled to neighbouring communities in the area while others have gone to Togo.

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