By Seli Baisie
The Ghana Police Service has confirmed the death of five suspects during an anti-robbery and anti-landguard operation in Bortianor, located in the Greater Accra region.
In a statement released on Saturday, June 10, 2023, the police revealed that the individuals were believed to be involved in landguard activities and were engaged in a deadly exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers during their visit to the area.
“On June 8th, 2023, the police conducted an operation targeting criminal elements involved in robbery and land guard activities.
These individuals had been terrorizing residents and landowners in Bortianor and nearby communities,” the police statement explained.
Upon detecting the approaching police team, the suspects opened fire from their hideout, prompting the police to retaliate.
As a result, five of the suspects were injured and later pronounced dead at the hospital, while the remaining suspects fled the scene and are still at large, the police added.
According to the police, various weapons, including guns and ammunition, were seized as exhibits from the suspects.
“Exhibits retrieved from the crime scene include one (1) AK47 assault rifle, ten (10) rounds of AK47 ammunition, one (1) pump-action gun with nine (9) rounds of BB cartridges, two (2) pistols with ten (10) rounds of 9mm ammunition, one (1) unregistered Toyota Tacoma pickup, four (4) motorbikes, three (3) of which are unregistered, a knife, and a pepper spray,” the police reported.
The police said they were actively pursuing the remaining suspects, including those who sustained injuries during the shootout.
They appealed to the public, particularly residents of the Bortianor community, to promptly report individuals with gunshot wounds who may seek medical treatment, as such information would assist the police in taking immediate action.