4 persons arrested at Ahwiaa after violent clash

arrestFour persons have been arrested by the police following a violent clash between two youth groups at Ahwiaa in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region on Friday night, resulting in a number of injuries.

The police have since stepped up patrol in the community to maintain law and order, and arrest any person who attempt to cause further mayhem in the community

Members of the two groups hurled stones, woods and other dangerous implements at each other with some of them wielding machetes and knifes, according to an eye witness, who added that police fired warning shots to stop the clash which started as merrymaking

The eyewitness claimed that one youth group attempted to prevent another youth group, believed to have come from the Zongo community, from participating in the party they had organised on Friday evening.

But, the Zongo youth group resisted and gatecrash the party, which travelled into dawn and subsequently, resulted into a free-for-all fight.

The Ghanaian Times gathered that tension was brewing in the community, following the unfortunate incident, but the police have stepped up patrol to avert any further trouble.

Chiefs, opinion leaders and assembly members in the community are said to be holding meetings and appealing to the youth groups to embrace and live together in peace.

The Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Fred Adu Anim, said the clash, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, left some of the residents injured, with one community member suffering serious injury in the ear, which was almost slashed off.

The police arrived at the scene after a tip-off and in their bid to control the angry youth, fired warning shots.

DCOP Anim condemned the incident and urged the chief of Ahwiaa and elders of the Zongo community to advise their wards to desist from rowdy behaviour to prevent future clashes.

He appealed to the public to furnish the police with information in order to help them conduct investigations and arrest the other culprits.

FROM KINGSLEY E.HOPE/FAUSTINA KWABEA OSEI, KUMASI

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