Security Personnel Attacked In Renewed Bunkpurugu Clashes

Security personnel in Bunkpurugu district in the Northern region were attacked during renewed clashes last Thursday night.

Two men in their seventies –whose identities police are unwilling to release for security reasons – sustained serious gunshot wounds.

Many houses were also burnt during in Thursday’s violence.

Security personnel stationed at the town to keep peace had to protect themselves and their armoury after unknown assailants attacked them.

Northern Region Police PRO, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh told Joy News during the 6am bulletin police are not surprised by the attack.

“This not surprising because not long ago, some people in Accra held a press conference and poisoned the atmosphere so we had picked the intelligence that some people were planning [the attack] so we are on high alert,” ASP Tetteh said.

He said the security personnel are resolved to repel any attack on them.

Security personnel have also been told in strict terms to defend themselves when they come under attack, revealed ASP Tetteh.

“We are prepared to do everything within our means to ensure that persons who are stoking the fires there and doing everything to keep the place in turmoil will not have the fire power to create chaos in the area,” he said.

At least three people died and dozens of property were destroyed in the previous chieftaincy dispute between two factions in the district early February.

The Jamon family is challenging the legitimacy of the chief of Bunkrugu who is with the Jafouk family.

Although the matter is in court, it has not stopped the factions from engaging in acts of violence.

A 10pm to 4am curfew imposed on the troubled town is doing little to quell the recurrent clashes that has persisted for decades.

Story by Ghana | | George Nyavor |
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