The mob attacked a patrol team when police officers went to arrest irate youth who had attacked a linguist
At least one person has been confirmed dead while another is in critical condition following a confrontation between armed policemen and locals at Adwumakase Kese in the Ashanti Region Thursday.
Alexander Owusu, 52, died at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Friday after he was hit by bullet and one other as the youth attempted to seize a service rifle belonging to an officer at the scene.
The police had attempted to rescue a linguist who was allegedly under attack at Bomfa, another adjoining town, by some angry youth from Adwumakase.
The victim Nana Yaw Acheampong reportedly led the team to arrest one of the suspects sparking outrage among the youth who destroyed the windscreen of a service vehicle and injured an officer in an attempt to free the suspect.
“The youth of Adwumakase Kese upon hearing the suspect’s arrest suddenly organised and attacked the police, removed the suspect who was in handcuffs and smashed the windscreen of the service vehicle,” an eyewitness said.
On Friday, armed police and military personnel foiled fresh attacks by the irate youth in the Afigya Kwabre South District town of Adwumakase Kese after hearing of the death.
The violent attack has been attributed to a boundary dispute between Adwumakase Kese and the Bomfa township.
The District Security Council is set to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Owusu.