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Four armed robbers have been killed in two separate robbery incidents in Accra while one L/C Awuley Lartey, who was among the “Operation Calm Life” team, sustained a severe injury on his forehead. In one of the incidents, the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Rose Bio Atingah, said two robbers were shot dead at the GrEda Estates in Nungua. At about 2:30am, on July 25, 2009, the police received a distress call that robbers had attacked some residents at the Grader Estates.

The Operation Calm Life team, which comprises police and military men, responded swiftly and met a six-member gang of robbers who opened fire on them. The team also returned fire and was later reinforced by the night police patrol team.In the process of the fierce fire exchange, two of one of the robbers died instantly while the other was arrested and given severe beatings by residents. The police rescued him but he died on the way to the hospital.

The police boss said the hospitalised soldier, during the exchange, was stabbed on the forehead by one of the robbers, leaving him with a serious injury. He was subsequently admitted at the 37 Military Hospital. Four of the robbers however managed to escape but one was later arrested. In the other incident, two robbers were lynched by a mob at Soko near Mamprobi in Accra when they snatched a car and its contents from some business women who were returning from their shop at about 4:00pm on the same day. A police source said irate youth in the area gave the five robbers a hot chase and retrieved the car after lynching the two. One was arrested while two managed to escape.

The source said the robbers had trailed the business women from their shop to their house at Latebiokorshie where they attacked them with cutlasses. DCOP Rose Bio Atingah assured the public that her outfit had the capacity to combat robbery in the region.
She called also on the public to repose confidence in the police, adding that they were resolute in the fight against crime and now robust in their approach.

“We are now taking the war to them (robbers),” she noted. The Deputy Regional Police Commander, DCOP Christian Tetteh Yohuno, used the opportunity to appreciate the contribution of the military whose efforts, he said, had helped in chalking their achievements.
He further encouraged them to continue keeping faith with them so together they would fight crime, especially armed robbery.

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