K’si Police gun down 3 robbers

The Police in Kumasi killed three suspected robbers during a fierce gun battle in the bushes behind the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) flats at Asuoyeboa, in Kumasi, on Monday night.

Three other accomplices who managed to escape are believed to have received gunshot wounds.

Among the dead is Bernard Ali, who was said to be the kingpin of the gang and who had been on the police wanted list.

Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Osei Ampofo-Duku, told newsmen here yesterday that, the Regional Command picked up intelligence that the gang was going to rob a house behind the SSNIT flat, on Monday night.

Police, he said, laid ambush and saw a taxi pulling up and when it was signalled to stop, the driver ignored and sped off amidst firing at them (Police).

ACP Ampofo-Duku said the Police gave the taxi a hot chase and the driver (of the taxi) slowed down as they fired at the police.

He pointed out that when the heat was too much for the suspects as the police returned fire, three of them got out of the vehicle and entered the bush still firing at the Police.

The taxi driver and the other occupants believed to be armed with AK 47 assault rifles and a pump action gun, managed to escape with the taxi while the three others were later found dead with gunshot wounds in the bush.

ACP Ampofo-Duku, recalled that the Police, on July 21, 2016, received information that four robbers had operated at a location between Obuasi and Jacobu and had killed a taxi driver who was conveying a sick Chinese to a nearby hospital.

The Police claimed the robbers used pump action gun in that operation with the deceased, Bernard Ali, and his accomplices suspected to have committed the crime, adding that Police intelligence revealed that the suspects had relocated to Kumasi.

Found on them, he said, were two locally manufactured pistols, two mobile handsets, two empty cartridges, two cigarette lighters, two spare handset batteries, one catapult, a knife, a hood and cash amount of GH¢24.00

ACP Ampofo Duku pleaded with the general public and medical facilities in the region to be on the look out and report to the police anybody with gunshot wounds.

He commended the public, especially, those who volunteered information that led to the ambushing of the gang.


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