Tarkwa: One Dead, Others Injured After Clash Between Two Galamsey Groups
One person has died after a free for all fight between two illegal mining (galamsey) groups at Bonsaso near Tarkwa in the Western Region. Several others have also sustained deep machete wounds too as a result of the clash. Reports point to the fact that there is an existing tension between the two feuding parties that led them
to take over the streets on the Wednesday evening to engage in the fight at abandoned Bonsaso Tollbooth. The Tarkwa Divisional Police Commander, the Chief Superintendent, George Andrew Kuma confirmed the incident. What actually transpired is that these two gangs have been at loggerheads for years, with threats
that there will be a fight if they meet. So yesterday [Wednesday] they met, and it was a free-for-all fight that involved machetes. One of the guys was shot. The others continued fighting with the machetes. The one who was shot was bleeding profusely and later, he died and was taken to the Tarkwa Municipal Hospital. The
leader of one of the gangs and five others were rushed to the hospital. I am told that one of them has been transferred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital due to his critical condition. So those at the hospital are responding to treatment under police guard. The Head of Emergency Team at the Tarkwa Apinto Government
Hospital, Dr. Joseph Darko, also gave further details. The incident resulted in one fatality after one of them suffered a stab wound in the abdomen resulting in the exposure of his valve. One other person was seriously injured after he had a very deep cut showing the skull bone. One of his hands is almost severed, and he has
been referred to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. We also have quite a number of them that are still at the hospital, he then said. It is alleged that the two rival galamsey groups have for some time now been fighting over a mining site which has recently been inaugurated as a Community Mining site by a Deputy Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku Duker.