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Ghana: Soldiers brutalise civilians as scores flee their homes

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Isaac Kaledzi
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Soldiers in Ghana have reportedly brutalised civilians a community called Garu, in the Upper East Region of the country.

Ghana’s National Security Ministry said the military’s action was triggered by an attack on their personnel on Saturday by irate youth of the town.

Local media reports that the military stormed the area on Sunday to subject civilians, particularly men to physical assault and corporal punishment.

Some of them subjected to the assault have sustained several injuries and many forced to flee the community.

Images of the incident have been shared on social media.

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Five counter-terrorism intelligence officers were deployed to the local community for a special operation before the attack by the youth who were armed with AK 47 rifles.

Some wielding machetes and other weapons attacked the officers, shot at them and chased them to the police station where they were finally rescued by the Ghana Armed Forces.

“The Ministry of National Security deems the attack on the security personnel at a police station highly unacceptable, and strongly condemns acts aimed at intimidating and harming officials of State Security and Intelligence Agencies, and impeding them from effectively executing their mandate to safeguard the peace and stability of Ghana,” a statement from the government said.

But lawmakers from the area have condemned the alleged military assault on some of the residents.

The MPs in a joint press statement demanded “a thorough investigation into the matter to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.”

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Source: Africafeeds.com

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