Two suspected robbers shot dead

DCOP-Simon-AfekuPolice in the Upper East Region have killed two armed robbers believed to have been part of a gang that shot and robbed a police officer last week.

The two robbers identified only as Baba and Rasta were killed in a gun battle with the police last night when the police attempted to arrest them at their hideout at Yipale, a suburb of Bolgatanga.

The Upper East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Simon Yaw Afeku briefed journalists on Monday.

The shoot-out left one police officer with a bullet wound in the leg.
A third suspect whose name has been given as Patrick Ayine alias Aluta is in the grips of the Police and is expected to be arraigned before court soon.

The police also retrieved an AK47 rifle, a pistol and some rounds of ammunition from the robbers’ hideout.

The robbers are also believed to be behind several motorbike snatching crimes which occurred on the Bolgatanga – Navrongo Road.

The three were said to have attacked a police officer in plain clothes while he was travelling from Navrongo to Bolgatanga on the dawn of February 23, 2016.
The robbers allegedly shot the policeman four times after he resisted attempts to steal his motorbike last week Tuesday.

The policeman required an operation to live, the regional commander said.
The gang has since eluded police patrol teams until last Sunday night when at about 5 am police stormed their abode.

“But police encountered fire injuring one corporal in the process”, DCOP Simon Afeku said.

Rasta and Baba were pronounced dead on arrival at the government hospital when they were rushed to the hospital.

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