Two people died on the spot when two factions allegedly clashed at the Agbogbloshie Yam Market in Accra over an alleged phone theft.
As at 1730 hours on Tuesday when the Ghana News Agency visited the market, business had come to a halt as most of the people, mostly traders, had deserted the zone to avoid any attacks on them.
Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mrs Afia Tenge, Greater Accra Public Relations Officer who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at yam market said:” Two people are in critical condition and are suspected to be dead, but the Police will leave it for the medical authorities to confirm.”
She could not give details of the ethnic groups involved in the clash saying the police were still investigating the cause of the clash and those involved.
Mrs Tenge said the Police received an information of an alleged phone theft case that resulted into a clash and had to quickly respond to the situation.
“For now we have been able to stabilise the situation, and we are going to still give maximum protection to the community.
“We hope that with the kind of arrangement that the police and military have put together we will be able to control the situation”, she said
She said the injured had been rushed to a yet to be named hospital.
GNA saw armed military and police teams that had been deployed to the scene to maintain peace and order at the market.
An eyewitness who spoke to the GNA said bullets were fired between the two groups with residents and market women sustaining injuries whiles pockets of motorbikes were also burnt in the process.
The eyewitness said apart from the dead persons, other people also sustained deep wounds from machetes, stones and other deadly weapons.
Source: Ghana News Agency