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Ghana police under fire for allegedly killing robbery suspect

Ghana police under fire for allegedly killing robbery suspect
FILE- Police officers patrol on a truck in the streets of Bole township, northern Ghana,   -  
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One person has been confirmed dead and five others are receiving treatment after sustaining various degrees of injuries following a protest at a police station in Nkronza in the Bono East region of Ghana, police say.

The protesters also freed some six suspects from police cells during the chaos, police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The protests on Tuesday followed the killing of a 27-year-old suspect by police during an operation targeting armed robbery suspects in the area.

In their version of events leading to the death of Albert Donkor, the police in a statement on Tuesday said,

“In the Bono East Region, police gathered intelligence that a suspect, Albert Donkor, and a gang of five other suspected armed robbers, whose names are being withheld for investigation purposes, were involved in several armed robbery attacks in the region, including armed robbery attacks at Nkoranza on April 19 and 20, 2022.

“Based on this intelligence, an operation was conducted during which suspect Albert Donkor was shot. He was rushed to the Holy Family Hospital for medical attention, but he was pronounced dead on arrival,” portions of the statement said.

Those injured during the clashes are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds, a local outlet reports quoting a hospital official.

The official said one patient was in a coma with a bullet stuck in his chest.

“We have about nine people who have suffered various injuries; some have been sent to the theatre to be operated on," John Bremini is quoted as saying by MyJoyonline site.

The website also shared a video showing damaged vehicles at the police station moments after the attack.

The Ghana police service has come under attack by social media users in Ghana.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has asked the government to undertake an impartial investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of Albert Donkor at Nkoranza in the Bono East Region, private media house: 3news.com reports.

Meanwhile, the Police Professional Standards Bureau, PIPS, has begun investigations into the suspicious death of a young man.

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