Death toll in Ghana ethnic clash goes up to 18

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The death toll in ethnic clashes in the north-eastern corner of Ghana rose to 18 as the police and military rushed in forces to control the situation, Radio Ghana reported on Monday.
Bawku area police commander Raynold Kwakye said houses and vehicles were torched as the people went on the rampage.
Bawku is about 830 kilometres north of Accra.
About 20 people have also been injured in the clashes between the Mamprusis and Kusasis ethnic groups.
Police said 23 persons have been arrested and a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed on the town.
Kwakye said four contingents of police and a platoon of soldiers were on their way to the town.
Scores of people have been fleeing the town and doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of Bawku Presbyterian hospital have threatened to abandon the hospital if adequate security measures were not provided.
The hospital's medical director, Dr Oscar Debrah, told Ghana News Agency that most of the staff were from the two feuding factions and feared for their lives in the absence of military/police protection.

03 december 2001 21:53:00

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