General News Wed, 20 May 2009

Armed robbers shot dead pregnant woman

Kumasi, May 20, GNA - A six-month old pregnant woman, was on Wednesday, at dawn, shot and killed by a group of armed robbers during a raid on her residence at the Buokrom Estate in Kumasi. The bullet-riddled body of Ataa Akyiamaa had been deposited at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).

Her husband, Frank Oppong, and another person, whose name was not readily available, sustained gunshot wounds on the hands and leg and were receiving treatment at the hospital. The robbers were said to have shot the deceased three times in the throat and shoulders before escaping with an unspecified amount of money. Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Samuel Nyamekye Adane Ameyaw, Commander of the Ashanti Regional Police Buffalo Unit, who confirmed the incident to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said no arrest has

been made. He said the police have launched an investigation to track down and bring

to justice, the criminals. Meanwhile, residents of Buokrom Estate, who spoke to GNA on condition of anonymity, expressed concern about what they said was the upsurge of armed robberies in the area in recent times. The robbers, they claimed, had put the area under virtual siege, making them

to live in fear and insecurity. They appealed to the security agencies to act firmly to crack down on the

criminals to restore security in the area adding "We are yet to feel the impact

of the 'Operation Calm Life' launched by the Police and Military."

Source: GNA