The death toll in renewed chieftaincy clashes in Ghana’s northern regional town of Bimbilla has risen to ten, the police confirmed on Friday.
Seventeen suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the gun clashes in the town which is 753 km north of Accra, the Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh, told local media.
“The security personnel have just picked eight bodies that have been deposited at the Bimbilla Hospital morgue,” Tetteh said.
The dead are made up of seven women and three children who were murdered after their male spouses fled while eight other individuals are injured due to disagreement, Tetteh said.
Sources in Bimbilla say the number could be higher as some people were ambushed and killed while returning to farm.
Following the outbreak of violence in the community Thursday morning, the Interior Ministry has imposed a 14-hour curfew immediately on Bimbilla, a town near Tamale, the northern regional capital.
The curfew will be observed in the northern town from 16:00 to 06:00 each day.
It is still not clear what caused the sporadic shooting in the area but police and military personnel have been dispatched to the area to maintain law and order. Enditem