Anti-terrorist squad arrives in Kumasi

A special anti-terrorist squad from the Police Headquarters in Accra has arrived in the Kumasi to beef up security in the region following recent incidents of armed robbery attacks.

Residents of the Kumasi metropolis in the last week have come under siege with robbers reportedly terrorizing them resulting in the loss of lives.

 A policeman Corporal Frank Essel was shot and killed by unknown assailants at Open Space Hotel in Dechemso, a suburb of the Kumasi metropolis.

One of his colleagues however escaped the attack with gunshots wounds in a shoot-out.

It was reported that a man believed to be in his 30s was also shot dead on Saturday at Ahenema Kokoben another suburb of the city.

Police believe the recent robberies are becoming alarming in the region hence the deployment of enforcement from Accra.

The Regional Police Commander DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye said he foresees the emergence of new robbery gangs in the region, the reason for resolve to call for extra police officers to contain the situation.

Though he admits two lives have been lost through armed robberies in Kumasi within 4 days, he accused the media of overhyping the situation in Kumasi.

‘When you look at robbery and there is murder accompanied, everybody is challenged …we are suspecting that there are emerging robbers who have been terrorizing people in the outskirts of Kumasi. I called the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and requested for some men to augment our strength, some of these places are quite scattered with beautiful houses but unmotorable roads, sometimes it’s difficult reaching out to them,’ he explained.

However, sources among some senior police officers at Regional headquarters in an interview with Ultimate news’ Isaac Bediako reveal crimes reported are not merely robberies but suspect acts of terrorism, considering the manner in which the criminals conduct their operations.