According to reports, a group of security guards opened fire on a community mining site in Tepa in the Ashanti area, killing two brothers.
Hashmil Usman and Abdul Samed Razak, who have since passed away, were defending the mining site alongside others when they were suddenly overrun by the security task team.
It is said that two of the four other people were badly injured.
The roughly 80-strong security team set fire to the site’s mining equipment, including chanfang and other earth-moving machinery, in what looked to be a raid on illicit miners.
According to an eyewitness, the two unarmed people attempted to approach the task force in an attempt to have a peaceful conversation but were fatally shot.
One of the brothers who passed away had a gunshot wound to the skull, and the other to the neck.
The event is reported to have happened on Friday afternoon in the Ahafo Ano North district’s Mfante, a Tepa neighborhood.
Since then, their remains have been placed at the Tepa Government Hospital.
It is yet unknown what sparked the shooting incident.
Hashmil, Samed’s younger brother, is 25 years old, and he left behind a wife and four children. Samed is 35 years old.
According to the sister of the dead, who talked with JoyNews’ Emmanuel Bright Quaicoe, there is simmering tension in the town as the local youth want to get revenge for the two people’s deaths.
In the meanwhile, local Forestry Commission officials who are said to have participated in the raid have vamoosed the community to seek shelter elsewhere.
The family is demanding justice for their departed relatives.