Curfew hours reviewed at Bimbilla as 3 die in gunshots


The Minister of Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery has reviewed the curfew hours imposed on the Bimbilla Township following renewed shootings in the area.

The gunshots from unknown assailants have resulted in the killing of three people with eight others getting injured.

The new curfew hours which will take effect from Friday, 12th January, 2018 will now start from 6:00 pm and end at 6:00 am instead of the 10:00 pm to 4:00 that existed until now.

The recent disturbances occurred on Thursday night when the victims had finished with their evening Islamic prayers, and were seated at a known public place.

According to eyewitnesses, two persons on a motorbike allegedly shot at them and sped off. It is unclear what may have triggered the shooting.

Five of the injured victims with various degrees of injury, are receiving treatment at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, with three others at the Bimbilla Hospital.

The incident led to sporadic shootings in some parts of the troubled town of Bimbilla.

Bimbilla for the past decade has been struggling with a chieftaincy conflict which has claimed several lives including women and children.

Recently, a pregnant woman was shot dead, while her 14-year-old daughter was left injured after an unknown assailant opened fire on them.

The township has over the last few years been considered a crime hotspot leading to series of violent clashes involving the use of ammunition.

Last month, the celebration of the annual Damba festival in Bimbilla was suspended to prevent a potential conflict.