Four killed in ethnic clashes in Ghana

Accra- Ghana, (PANA) -- Four persons are known to have been killed in an ethnic clash between Konkombas and Battors in Dambai in Ghana's Volta Region of Ghana.
The national newspaper, Daily Graphic, reported Tuesday that one other person is in a coma, while another has been treated and discharged.
So far, seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the clashes and are assisting the police in their investigations.
The dead, whose names were given as Santo Kabassah, Kabana Ahiaku, Gbese Voegborlo and Agama, have meanwhile been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra.
  The report said Doe Geraldo, who is in coma, is still admitted in hospital, while Mawutor Geraldo was treated and discharged.
The police have retrieved seven locally manufactured single- barrelled guns, two bows, arrows, and two knives from the residents of the town where the fighting occurred.
According to the commissioner of Police in charge of Operations Dr K.
Manfo, a Konkomba man on 11 July prepared his land for cultivation but the cattle of a Battor man allegedly herded through the land.
This infuriated the Konkomba man.
The aggrieved man, he said, informed his colleagues who mobilised and attacked the family of the cattle owner, resulting in serious injuries to Doe Geraldo and Mawutor Geraldo.
Dr Manfo said the Geraldo family informed their kith and kin and as they mobilised to launch a counter-attack, the Konkombas resurfaced and launched another attack during which four persons were killed.
Ghana has been hit by a series of communal clashes of late, the most serious one being that between two gates of the Dagomba family, the Andanis and Abudus, at Yendi in the Northern Region.
During that incident, the Overlord of Dagbon traditional area, Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II, was brutally murdered together with dozens of his sub-chiefs and subjects in March 2002.
The ministry of the interior has set up a 10-member committee, under the Chairmanship of the sector minister Hackman Owusu- Agyeman, to support the Dagbon peace process and to address other issues relating to the conflict after the burial of the Ya-Na.

20 july 2004 17:41:00

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