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General News Thu, 1 Feb 2001

Armed robbers strike at Suhum

Armed robbers attacked two persons in separate operations and made away with personal effects and cash totalling more than 3.3 million cedis at Suhum in the Eastern Region at dawn on Tuesday.

In the first incident, a 46-year-old fishmonger, Madam Carl Abam, was attacked with a gun, believed to be an AK 47, by the robbers near a GOIL petrol filling station and robbed her of 3.1 million cedis she was taking to Accra to buy fish.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency, Detective Inspector Victor Kafitey said the two-man gang suddenly emerged from their hideout and attacked Madam Abam as she walked alone towards the lorry station.

He said one of the robbers slapped the victim who fell into a gutter and as he struggled with her in a bid to rob her of the money, the other robber started shooting indiscriminately to scare off people from coming near the scene.

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Inspector Kafitey said that, in the process, the robbers stabbed their victim on her chest before bolting with the money as she wailed in vain for help.

Madam Abam was later rushed to the Suhum Government Hospital where she was admitted.

The second incident, according to Inspector Kafitey, occurred at about the same time when a 41-year-old mason, Mr Alex Goka, popularly called "Togbe", was attacked at the Suhum roundabout and robbed of 250,000 cedis while he was on his way to board a vehicle to Kumasi.

He said the police are investigating both incidents.

Source: GNA
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