Ayinga Abagre Yakubu, the District Chief Executive for the Binduri local assembly, has indicated that it is impossible to relate the district’s deaths on Monday morning to the current unrest in Bawku.
Five persons were slain in a horrific attack by unknown assailants while traveling from Bawku to a market in Binduri.
Mr. Yakubu, in an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, stated that the location of the attack makes it difficult to determine whether it is related to the ongoing Bawku conflict, but that only a valid investigation can establish the facts of the case.
“It is difficult to connect it to the Bawku conflict, and we can’t also rule it out, that is why it is important for an investigation to be conducted for us to establish the facts about the killings.”
He also revealed that the van transporting the traders was attacked on the outskirts of town, and those who escaped the attack fled and are now in hiding, making it impossible to obtain details about what transpired.
“The people were not yet at the market, and the vehicle was ambushed on its way from Bawku to Binduri, resulting in the killing. Some of them escaped, some were injured and are responding to treatment, and some have also been referred to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital.
“It is like a rural market where traders go there to buy things and take them back to Bawku to sell, so when it happened, all those that escaped ran into locations that we cannot reach, and the police are investigating to find them and get information from them.”