- The police anti-robbery squad deployed to the Eastern Region by the IGP was reportedly attacked by armed robbers
- The robbers were reportedly wielding AK47 rifles
- Upon seeing the Police Bus transporting the personnel to their Operational areas, the robbers opened fire on the bus
- The police also retaliated causing them to flee after some of the robbers got injured
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Highway robbers have reportedly attacked the police anti-robbery squad deployed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr.George Akuffo Dampare.
The incident occurred on the Akyem Ettukrom to Bunso road on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at dawn.
According to a report filed by Starrnews, the robbers were wielding AK47 laying ambush in a quest to rob commuters.
The report indicates that the armed robbers upon seeing the Police Bus transporting the personnel to their Operational areas opened fire on the bus.
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The police however also quickly opened fire on them, causing them to flee into the bush after some of them sustained injuries.
The Police personnel combed the area and nearby houses and some health facilities but could not find the suspects.
Two highway robberies, Haruna Amadu, 25, and Joseph Nyira ,25 were arrested at the exact area on June 5, 2021, with their accomplices at large.
What is the Anti-Armed Robbery Squad
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr.George Akuffo Dampare has deployed 126 troops of the special Anti-Armed Robbery Squad (AARS) to the Eastern region to clamp down rampant robberies in the region.
The AARS special force is a unit in the Ghana Police Service that will augment the capacity and capabilities of the Eastern Regional command to deal with the menace.
It is led by Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohonu and assisted by the Director-General of Operations, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mohammed Fuseini Suraji.
In other news
Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, the Minister for Employment and Labour Relations was involved in a car accident on the Sunyani-Nsoatre road in the Bono Region.
According to a report filed by JoyNews, the minister, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Sunyani West was returning from a funeral.
He was en route from Odumase and headed towards Nsoatre when the accident occurred on Saturday, August 14.
The Employment and Labour relations minister reportedly sustained various degrees of injuries and has been rushed to the Bono Regional Hospital in Sunyani.
JoyNews sources report that the Minister’s driver overtook a vehicle and in the process collided with an oncoming tipper truck.
They indicate that the Minister fell from the vehicle upon impact.