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E/R: Residents clash with miners, one shot dead, 8 injured

During conflicts between inhabitants of Akyem Asunafo and a group of miners in the Atiwa West District of the Eastern region, one person was reported deceased and eight (8) others received gunshot wounds.

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the incident occurred.

Residents of Akyem Asunafo were opposing illegal mining in the village, according to Starr News, and assaulted a mining site where two excavators were working.

Armed land guards hired to defend the mining site, however, attacked community members with indiscriminate bullets, injuring nine (9) persons who were transported to Engresi Government Hospital, but one of them was confirmed dead on arrival.

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For fear of their farmlands and river bodies being destroyed, Akyem Asunafo is one of the few rural villages in the Akyem enclave that has consistently opposed illicit mining.

According to a statement made Saturday, April 2, 2022, by the Eastern Regional Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh, an inquiry into the occurrence has begun.

“The Eastern Regional Police Command, led by DCOP/Mr. Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, has visited the village and the hospital where the remaining eight (8) people are receiving medical care,” according to the statement. Meanwhile, to ensure law and order, regional, divisional, and district patrol units have been deployed around Asunafo.”

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The Regional Police Command urged members of the Asunafo Community to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects who are currently on the run, to face justice.

A similar incident occurred on March 12, 2022, in which a 45-year-old man, Eric Twumasi was shot dead by members of a feuding mining group at Akyem Twapease in Kwaebibirem Municipality also in the Eastern Region.

Kingsley Gyapong, a miner and resident of Tweapease, reported to police that in the morning around 10:00 am on a fateful day, he saw some group of gun-wielding men which he identified as Ecolac, Simon, Kofi Emma, Abincolo, Ashaiman, and Kwasi Owusu firing pump action guns and locally manufactured pistols indiscriminately and gunned down the deceased.

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It has not been made known if the police have arrested any of the suspects.

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