6 sustain gunshot wounds at Fire Festival celebration in Salaga

One of the victims

Six persons, who sustained gunshot wounds during the celebration of the Fire Festival on Monday, have been admitted at the Salaga Government Hospital in the Savanna Region.

One of them, a 14-year-old boy, sustained critical condition wounds and had to be referred to Tamale Teaching Hospital where his condition was stablised.

The victims, who are between the ages of 14 and 16, comprise of 4 girls and two boys.

They were said to have been shot during the firing of musket as part of a procession Monday night to climax the festival celebrated by Moslems and traditionalist in the Dagbon area.

According to some witnesses, due to scarcity of gunpowder for the musketry, some persons use live ammunition.

One person who spoke to on condition of anonymity said the victims were shot at about 11:30pm during the festival procession.

“One of the girls shouted ‘subahanalla’ and fell but because of the crowd, we thought someone pushed her” he narrated, adding others who were hit were seen running with blood oozing from their chest and thighs.

“We helped them to the hospital where they are currently receiving treatment” the eyewitness said.

A parent of one of the victims Iddi Agent, lamented over how people use live ammunition in such a crowd.

He appealed to the public to help them identify the culprit.

Meanwhile, medical officers at the Salaga Government Hospital have said the victims are responding to treatment.

By Christopher Amoako||Ghana

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