2 shot as ‘bandits’ clash with security forces in Bawku


Two people were shot during a fierce gun battle between security forces and an armed group in the Upper East town of Bawku, local media media reported.

The latest attack is linked to a long-standing conflict which saw at least four people dead on Tuesday (10 May 2022).

An incident report available online indicates that the gunmen launched the attack targeting a charge office just after midday on that fateful day. A police and military team quickly mobilized and engaged the bandits in a crossfire injuring two of them in the process.

“We eventually gunned two men with live ammunition in their pockets. One person was arrested and in custody,” the report said.


The Ministry of the Interior has placed an 8 pm to 5 am curfew on Bawku municipality and its environs following renewed clashes on Monday.

The curfew takes effect from Wednesday 11 May 2022, following advice from the Upper East Regional Security Council.

The Bawku municipality has been under curfew since the protracted conflict resurfaced last year.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has urged the feuding factions to employ peaceful means to resolve their differences while the government works to restore peace to the area.

A statement from the interior ministry said, “there is a total ban on all persons in the afore-mentioned communities and their environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.”


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