6 to 6 curfew imposed on Old Tafo over bloody clashes

The Ashanti Regional Security Council has imposed a dawn to dusk curfew on the town of Old Tafo following bloody clashes Wednesday afternoon which has left one dead and several others severely injured.

Heavily armed military and police personnel are parading the streets to ensure people stay in their homes and also to prevent further casualty and damage to property.

One person has been confirmed dead from gunshots and several others rushed to medical facilities for treatment of various degree of injuries. Most of them were hacked with machetes and other offensive weapons.

Vehicles, stalls and houses were demaged while some of them were set ablazed in the outrage. Reports say the entire township is in a state of shock and many residents are now living in fear.

A statement signed by the Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Security Council, Peter Anarfi Mensah, it stated that “as part of measures to contain the escalating violence at Tafo and part of the Magazine area of Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional Security Council has decided to impose a dust to dawn curfew from 6pm to 6am starting from today Wednesday 10th February, 2016.

“All persons within the vicinity of Tafo are entreated to observe this directive by remaining indoors in order to help protect life and property.”

The statement further indicated that “security forces are on the ground to enforce the order and any person found in the area during the curfew hours would be dealt with ruthlessly.

“The public is also hereby assured that the necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure maximum security and safety within the area and there should be no panic but to remain calm as the security forces are in full control of the situation.”

The statement concluded: “REGSEC is monitoring closely the measures put in place and would review the situation and issue further directives as the situation improves. We trust that all persons will co-operate to help ease the tension and bring the situation back to normalcy.”

Meanwhile, three persons have been declared wanted by the regional police command over the violence that errupted in the township.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana
Twitter: @NewsyMartin

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