Police kill suspected robber in a botched bank robbery at Suame-Magazine

The police have killed a suspected armed robber in a botched attack on the cluster of banks in the Suame Magazine and Maakro enclave in Kumasi on Friday.

The police said the robbers attacked a customer of Fidelity Bank, Maakro branch, and snatched an envelope “amidst the firing of guns.”

“The rear windscreen and the left door glass of a Daewoo Matiz saloon car which was parked on the bank premises was hit during the shooting.

“The police, who had mounted surveillance in the area, responded to the situation by firing at the armed robbers and succeeded in hitting the pillion rider who fell off the motorbike. However, the rider who also sustained gunshot wounds, managed to escape,” the police statement issued on Saturday evening said.

A police officer sustained a gunshot wound during the exchange of fire.

“Both the injured officer and the suspect were rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for medical attention. The suspect was, however, pronounced dead on arrival,” the statement added.

“We wish to appeal to the public, especially those who run health facilities within the Kumasi metropolis and its environs to report any person seeking medical attention with a gunshot wound, for prompt police action,” the police said.

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