2 Cops, 2 bank workers killed by unknown assailants

Four persons, including two policemen, were shot and killed by unidentified assailants at Gbencirim, a farming settlement in the East Mamprusi District in the Northern Region, last Thursday.

The other two casualties were the driver of a bullion van and an official of the East Mamprusi Community Bank.

They were returning from a market at Gambaga where the bank official had gone to collect the daily savings of market women when they were ambushed on a narrow bridge at Gbencirim.

In what could be described as a case of contract killing, the perpetrators of the crime did not take any cash from the crime scene.  They only made away with the guns of the police escorts and are said to have escaped on a motorbike. No arrest

No arrest had been made as of the time of filing this report, but the police have intensified their search for the perpetrators.

The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) awaiting autopsy.

Although the two policemen have been identified, their names are being withheld until their families have been informed.

However, the names of the driver and the bank official were given as Iddrisu Fuseini and Mahama Tia, respectively.

Briefing the Daily Graphic in Tamale, the Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mr Ebenezer Tetteh, said the policemen were escorting the bullion van and two bank officials after a cash collection exercise at Gambaga when they were attacked on the bridge. Ambush

He said the assailants, who had laid ambush under the bridge, fired at the van when it slowed down as a result of the narrow nature of the bridge, killing the two police escorts and the driver on the spot, while the bank official died at a medical facility after he had been rushed there.

The criminals, he said, quickly fled the scene on a motorbike.

Mr Tetteh appealed to residents of the community who might have witnessed the incident to volunteer information on it to the police for the arrest of the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mr Ken Yeboah, has held a meeting with his men on the ground to boost their morale in view of the attack on the two policemen.

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