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Soldiers on rampage: 7 police officers injured in Tamale


milatery_v_policeResidents in Tamale Metropolis are living in fear as angry soldiers stormed town this afternoon in what appears to be a reprisal attack on their colleague who was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.

The angry soldiers are said to have unleashed violence and brutality on police personnel at various duty posts in the metropolis leaving residents in a state of shock.

Eye witnesses say the soldiers who were seen in two military jeep cars took their mayhem to the northern regional police headquarters.

For many civilians who witnessed the sporadic shooting, Tamale was on the brink of experiencing a bloodbath, because they were advised by some police officers to stay away.

At the Lamashegu divisional police station, police officers on duty had to run for their lives as rampaging soldiers besieged the station.

A military vehicle made a brief stopover at the station and allegedly meted out instant justice to police personnel on duty.

It is not immediately known what caused the uproar, but information gathered from unconfirmed sources say a soldier who is alleged to have assaulted his wife was invited to the Domestic Violence Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU).

The sources added that upon interrogation, the soldier was detained pending his bail, but he jumped the police counter and was allegedly pursued to the bank of Ghana area where soldiers on duty took custody of the soldier.

Then news got to police officers that their colleagues were under attack in town. So far, seven police officers have been attacked with some sustaining varied degrees of injuries. This is the second time officers of the two security agencies have clashed in less than two months.

About two months ago, 3 police officers at different locations were attacked. Northern Regional Security Council (REGSEC) intervened and met with the command of the two agencies to reach an amicable solution.

Meanwhile REGSEC is reconvening for the latest clash between the two security agencies.



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