A bizarre accident claimed the lives of four passengers whilst seven others sustained injuries when an Albion truck ran over them after they had been robbed by suspected armed robbers on the Karaga-Gushegu road in the Northern Region yesterday.
The deceased, whose bodies have been deposited at the Gushegu Government Hospital, have been identified as Hamza Abdulai, 38; Hajia Bintu, 49; Albert Kofi Allie, 38, and Wumbei Neindow, 23, a student of the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
The other persons injured were receiving treatment at the Karaga Hospital but their identities were not immediately available.
The victims were among a group of 40 passengers on board a Tamale-Gushegu bound Tata bus, with registration number ER 2188-C, who were stopped by a number of armed robbers wielding AK47’s to lie down on the road and robbed them.
The armed to the teeth robbers who carried all sort of assault rifles and knives, are said to have signaled the driver of an oncoming Tata bus coming from Tamale on the outskirts of Shebu Village.
The action of the Albion bus with registration number AS 9948-F, angered the robbers who fired into the truck and caused it to veer off the road and run over the passengers who had been ordered to lie down after they had been robbed off their mobile phones and money.
The Karaga District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mr Emmanuel Botchway, told the Daily Graphic that the police retrieved two empty shells of AK 47 and other assault rifle bullets from the scene.
He indicated that though no arrest had been made so far, the police had launched a manhunt for the robbers who, according to Abubakari Zakariah, the driver of the Tata bus, may be of Fulani extraction.