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General News Mon, 1 Sep 2008

Bawumia's convoy attacked

The convoy of Mahamudu Bawumia, running mate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), was attacked on Sunday evening by unknown assailants.

The assailants fired sporadic gunshots at Dr. Bawumia's convoy when he arrived at the Tamale Police park in the Northern Region to address supporters of the party in an impromptu rally.

The attackers are believed to be members of his political opponent who come from the Tamale municipality.

The reasons for their attack were not readily known.

According to an eye witness who spoke to Joy FM's Dzifa Bampoe, sensing danger, the NPP vice presidential candidate had to abandon the rally to take cover at the regional administration.

He, however, escaped unhurt. None of his followers is reported of sustaining any injury.

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The rally has been cancelled due to the attack and the people dispersed by the police.

Abdullah Reid, the eye witness, said two motorbikes have been burnt; he was however not sure of the owners.

John Boadu, National Youth Organizer of the NPP who is on the campaign trail with Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, confirmed the attack.

"Yes it did happen," he corroborated the unfortunate incident but was sure Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was safe.

"We heard some gun shots from some group of people that I am told by residents here that they are people that are known in town who belong to the opposite divide.

"We have to take great pains in calming our people in order not to retaliate to such unnecessary provocation and unnecessary intimidation by our opponent."

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John Boadu has a word of caution for the party's political opponents: "I want to sound a note of warning that this intimidation and harassment would cease, if and only if they stop doing what they are doing."

He said the campaign team officially arrived at Tamale today for a detailed programme, including a town hall meeting on Monday; but the huge crowd that met them on arrival caused a slight change to their programme. Dr. Bawumia, he said, decided to meet them to express his appreciation for their warn reception.

Unfortunately, everything has to be suspended due to the attack; it is not certain if the intended meeting and other planned programmes would take place tomorrow.

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Source: MyJoyonline