Ntotroso youth clash with police over Newmont concession; 5 injured

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At least five people have been wounded during a crossfire with police in the Ahafo Region town of Ntotroso, the Ghana Police Service has reported.

A statement released by the police on Thursday, July 15 said the incident occured at an operational site of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited, a mining giant located at Ntotroso, about 360km from the country’s capital, Accra.

The police said its investigations revealed that about 50 young men armed with offensive weapons including pump action guns, cutlasses and clubs raided the company’s “Rank Camp”, and launched an attack on its employees.

“They broke into the camp’s gate amidst firing. The operational team signaled them to stop but they ignored the signal and broke the chain”, parts of a statement posted on the Ghana Police Service’s Facebook page read.

“The police also returned fire to demobilize the crowd and in the cause five persons have been injured”, the statement continued.

The five injured, all residents of Ntotroso are; Stephen Antwi, 32, Issaka Yahaya, 30, one Apisco, 25, Issa Amu,18 and 20-year-old Solomon Sam. They are receiving treatment at the hospital, the police say.

The police said investigations have been launched into the matter as it assures the mining firm and residents of Ntotroso of improved security.


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