Two persons have been confirmed dead following violent clashes between woodworkers of Ayomso and Akrodie in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Ahafo Region.
Kofi Gyamfi, 27, and David Asuming, 24 both sustained gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead on arrival at the Goaso Government Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi respectively.
About 13 others, including a 12-year-old boy, have been hospitalized at different health facilities after sustaining varying degrees of injury as a result of the clashes.
The Assembly member of Ayomso, Emmanuel Ababio Yeboah who confirmed this to Citi News believes the clashes were linked to an attack on a chainsaw operator weeks ago.
“It started when some illegal chainsaw operators went into a forest reserve near Tipokrom where a man called Zedane from Akrodie had his consession to operate. During their operation, Zedane came there and seized their machine. When Zedane was returning home, people in Ayomso mounted a road block and attacked him with cutlasses, took back the machine and left him injured. This happened about three weeks ago and the matter was reported to the police but they didn’t act by arresting the culprits hence the revenge yesterday, June 14,2019.”
The Assemblyman said Zedane and his people were not happy that the culprits had not been arrested.
Police sources say some injured persons are still on admission at Akrodie, Ayomso Health Centres, Goaso Government Hospital, Duayaw-Nkonta among other health facilities receiving medical attention.
The Police, the Asunafo North Municipal Security Council and Ahafo Regional Security Council are yet to officially comment on the matter.