One person was yesterday reported to have been shot dead in a clash between the youth of Ofoase Zongo and Brenase in the Eastern Region. Four others were also said to have sustained gunshot wounds from the incident.
According to sources, the clash was a result of growing tension between residents of the two towns. The tension developed after some youth of Ofoase Zongo reportedly brutalised a young man from Brenase.
Reports further indicated that the young man was alleged to have beaten a member of the Zongo community, and caused damage to his motorbike. The father of the victim and one other, who went to the community upon hearing the incident, were also allegedly attacked and handed over to the Police.
The series of events agitated the Brenase youth. However, their attempt to retaliate was foiled by the intervention of the Police.
On Wednesday, Brenase youth reportedly ambushed the Ofoase Zongo youth, and allegedly opened fire on them, leading to the casualty. Narrating the incident, a resident said the youth of Brenase had received intelligence that the Zongo youth of Ofoase had mobilised themselves in trucks and vehicles, with weapons, in an attempt to invade Brenase community.
Consequently, they also mobilised and armed themselves on the streets to supposedly ambush their attackers.
A joint security team of armed Police and Military were deployed to the two communities.
The Akyemansa District Police Commander, Superintendent George Bawah, was yesterday reported to have said that the situation was under control. He revealed that the four injured persons were responding to treatment.