Ghana town under curfew as ethnic fighting kills three

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed on Bawku town, 830 kilometres northeast of Accra, after ethnic clashes claimed three lives, Ghana News Agency (GNA) has reported.
Two vehicles were also burned in the fighting between the Mamprusus and Kusasis, which started at the weekend.
Police said investigations were going on to find the cause of the conflict, but unconfirmed reports said misunderstanding started last Thursday with the burning of kiosks belonging to persons from either group.
Military and police reinforcements have been sent to the town but fighting was reported to be still going on.
More than 15 people from either side, including juveniles, have been arrested and are helping in police investigations.
Meanwhile, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of the 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 GNA that most of the staff were from the two feuding factions and feared for their lives in the absence of police protection.
If security was not provided within the shortest possible time, he said, patients would be discharged and the hospital closed.
About a year ago Bawku was plunged into a similar conflict after results of the general election in Bawku Central constituency were announced.
That conflict left many people dead and property worth millions of cedis destroyed.

03 december 2001 18:51:00

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