Bolgatanga: 2 Police Officers shot by unknown gunmen

Two Police Constables, Godfred Amartey and Lois Boateng of the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) unit in Bolgatanga were reportedly shot on Monday and wounded by unknown gunmen while on duties.

The officers responded to an issue which has occured between residents at Atulbabisi, a suburb of Bolgatanga, but to their dismay some people starting shooting at them and in the process constable Amartey sustained severe gunshot wounds on his left chest, eye and right arm while constable Boateng sustained wounds on the right arm.

Confirming the incidence, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Osei Kweku Ampofo-Duku, of the Upper East Regional Police Command, said both men are currently on admission at the Regional Hospital and are responding to treatment.

DCOP Ampofo-Duku described the shooting attack on the policemen as unwarranted and said if such unfortunate acts should continue the Police Administration would have no choice than to withdraw the men from their posts, GNA reports.

The Regional Commander said the attack was an unprovoked one, and that the men are at the scene to provide security, only to be attacked. “Police duty was to protect lives and property and if they would risk their lives to be killed, we will advise ourselves”, he added.

He said the police were investigating the incident and would bring the perpetrators to book.

DCOP Ampofo-Duku called on the people to embrace peace to ensure development for present and unborn generations, saying Bolgatanga is a peace-loving area and advised the people not to mar the beauty and peace of the area with violence.

The commander appealed to the people to use channels such as the law courts to address their grievances instead of resorting to conflicts as they do not augur well for development of the area.

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