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Bullion van attack: Police arrest 215 suspected criminals including 17 women in swoop

The Accra Regional Police Command has embarked on an enhanced operation in Accra and arrested 215 suspected criminals.

The operation follows recorded cases of violent crimes in Accra, particularly a bullion van attack which led to the killing of a policeman and a woman on Monday, June 14 at Jamestown, the Pig Farm robbery, and the killing of a 43-year-old man, as well as the Honeysuckle forex bureau attack and shooting.

According to Citi News, the three-day operation which began on Thursday, June 17, 2021, and ended on Sunday, June 20, 2021,  rounded up 17 women amongst the 215 suspects.

The police command in a statement indicated that the ages of the suspects range between 17 and 52 years.

“The areas of focus for the exercise include Korlebu, Tesano, Amasaman, Nima, Dansoman, Abokobi, Accra central, Teshie, Madina, Bastona, Jamestown, Osu and Lakeside. The 3-day operation forms part of efforts to fight violent crimes, drug peddling, and street robberies.”

“The Police mostly intercepted wrapped narcotics substances, sharp implements, mixtures of concoctions laced with narcotics, tramadol, etc. The operation also targeted and impounded 168 motorbikes, believed to be used in facilitating the robberies.”

The arrested suspects have been detained and undergoing various levels of screening for possible connection to recorded crimes under investigation.

“The Accra Regional Police Command remains resilient and assures members of the public of providing maximum security as it opens its doors for continuous public cooperation and volunteering of useful information in stemming the ties,” the statement added.


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