Bloody Clash In Tamale

A vandalised house and a burnt motor bikeA COMBINED TEAM of the military and police has arrested 10 persons including four ladies belonging to the ‘Aluta Boys’, a notorious gang of hoodlums, for sparking violence at Changli, a suburb of Tamale in the Northern Region.

According to DAILY GUIDE sources, the group on its return from the inaugural ceremony of President John Evans Atta Mills, stormed the area to settle what was believed to be old scores with some leading New Patriotic Party (NPP) members in the area.

In the raid, the group vandalized about four houses, destroying property running into several hundreds of Ghana cedis. They were alleged to have also looted the belongings of their victims. A Yamaha motorbike with registration number NR5506C, whose owner was not immediately known, was also burnt.

Their actions, which were however met with some resistance from a section of the youth of the area, triggered a gun battle resulting in serious fatalities.  

Nimatu Sayuti, Shirazu Issahaku and Abdul Salam Sumani Salifu were identified as those who sustained gunshot wounds and were immediately rushed to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for medical attention.

Earlier, one Rashid Abdulai was arrested for wielding a shot-gun believed to have been used in the fire exchanges.  

A victim of the attack, Salifu Baba Imoro told DAILY GUIDE that residents of the area were living in perpetual fear and called for adequate security to curb further reprisals.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that several women and children had earlier fled Changli for fear of a recurrence of the bloody incident.

Meanwhile more than 60 heavily-armed security personnel have been deployed to the area and have begun patrols with a promise by the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ofosu Mensah-Gyeabuor that the situation is under control.   

From Stephen Zoure, Tamale