Bimbilla clashes: 17 arrested

Bimbilla clashes: 17 arrested

Police and Military in Bimbilla have arrested 17 persons following the resurgence of chieftaincy clashes that have claimed two lives and injured eight.

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The suspects who will be transferred to Tamale for further investigations, are believed to be members of the family that instigated a gun battle after a subchief was installed by a Regent whom they did not approve.

Bimbilla clashes: 17 arrested

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According to the Northern Regional police commander, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, the death toll may rise from two, as it is believed that a number of persons were ambushed and killed.

The Medical Superintendent of the Bimbilla Hospital, Dr Osman Abdallah said the injured brought in included two male adults, three female adults and three children. He said that the children were responding to treatment, and the two male adults who were shot in the neck were also being treated.

On Thursday, clashes reignited when two groups of same chieftaincy gate (Gbrumayili gate) in the Nanung Traditional Area exchanged gun fire, because of the installation of a new chief by the Regent.

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There were reportedly security warnings, however, the Regent ignored them and still went ahead with the ceremony.

7 houses were set on fire, with schools shut down and many persons have fled the town. A 4pm-6am curfew has been imposed.

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Bimbilla clashes: 17 arrested


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