Bloody clashes at Ahwiaa in A/R leave scores brutally injured, one dead

Bloody clashes at Ahwiaa in A/R leave scores brutally injured, one dead

- There has been a clash between indegenes and the Zongo community at Ahwiaa in the Ashanti region

- Several persons have been injured with a 20-year-old man dead

- Police officials have moved into the community to ensure calm

Tensions are high at Ahwiaa in the Ashanti Region following clashes there which have seen a 20-year-old man butchered in cold blood.

It all started when some Zongo youth clashed with indigenes in the Ashanti Region. The clash was as a result of the indigenes preventing the Zongo youth from having a funeral rite for an 18-year old girl, known as Esther Ampofowaa.

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Several people have been injured badly as a result of the clash and dozens of police officials are currently scouting the area to ensure there is calm.

So far, about 48 suspects have been arrested in connection with the bloody clashes which saw the hand of one person chopped off in the Ahwiaa gang violence.

Speaking to the media, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Nana Osei Assibey Bonsu, says rapid action is being enforced to clamp down on such clashes in the future.

He says: "We had meetings with the various sub-chiefs; the chief from the Ashanti side and the chief from the Zongo side. We met them [on Saturday] and as at now, everything is going on well so DISEC is on the ground doing its work to make sure that everything will come to a close.”

YEN.com.gh had earlier reported of a similar clash at Ahwia as checks show the dispute between these groups started way back in 1999.

The cause of these clashes, if confirmed to be religious, brings back concerns over the security and tolerance of groups and societies in Ghana especially when it comes to religious, ethnic and political lines.

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Ghana's most deadly tribal and ethnic clash has been the Kokomba and Nanumba clash which has caused the lives of thousands in the Northern belt of Ghana. Meanwhile, police officials say there are mounting intense investigations to clamp down on all perpetrators of the crime.

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