Three dead, seven injured in Ghana communal clashes

Accra- Ghana (PANA) â" Three people are confirmed -dead and seven others are inj ured following communal clashes in Ghana's north-eastern town of Bawku, Upper Ea s t Regional Minister, Mark Woyongo, announced on Monday.
The clashes started on Sunday night and involved gunfire in the town that has be en under night curfew for about two years because of sporadic fighting in an eth n ic feud.
Woyongo said 29 people had been arrested and security men were on the ground to control the situation.
He said he and his delegation came under fire and had to retreat at a point.
The situation was calm by evening, he said, but the Upper East regional security council and Bawku municipal security council were asking for a state of emergen c y to be declared in the town for the security agencies to have sweeping powers t o deal with offenders.
He said there was â?impunityâ? in Bawku where people fired guns indiscriminate ly.
He also noted that there were a lot of small arms in the town and the region a l security council was talking to the Togolese and Burkina Faso authorities, wit h whom the region shares borders, to help in curbing the smuggling of arms into t h e area.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior has imposed a curfew on the Bawku Municipali ty and its environs effective 1400 GMT on Monday to 0600 on Tuesday.
A statement signed by the information Minister, Mrs Zita Okaikoi, said the devel opment "is in view of the renewed violence that erupted in Bawku last night thro u gh to this morning".
The imposition of the curfew was in consultation with and on the recommendation of the Upper East Regional Security Council.
"The curfew is meant to protect life and property in the area and also enable th e security agencies to deploy more troops on the ground to enhance security oper a tions in the Bawku township.
" The curfew period would be subject to review based on the situation in the area when it expires on Tuesday.

02 november 2009 20:18:00

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