This year’s Fire Festival in the Northern Region turned bloody after two separate incidents left two persons dead and some 15 others severely injured.
At Walewale in the West Mamprusi District, a young man who suffered multiple cutlass wounds bled to death on his to hospital.
One person died instantly after a truck run into revelers at the festival at a farming community in the Miom district.
Northern Region Correspondent, Hashmin Mohammed reports that the identity of the celebrant who was killed in the fatal accident is yet to be identified by police.
Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, said after the tipper truck drove into the crowd, the crowd became incensed and tried to attack the driver, who managed to escape.
“They [angry crowd] burned the tipper truck to ashes,” ASP Tetteh told Hashmin.
In Tamale, the Northern Region capital, celebrations were peaceful until a gun violence ensued. 15 people sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.
“They were rushed to the accident and emergency unit of the Tamale Teaching Hospital,” Hashmin reports.
Six of the injured are in critical condition, Hashmin reports.
Due to the violence that ensues every year during the Fire Festival, it was banned at conflict zones like Yendi, Bimbila and Gushegu, all towns in the Northern Region.
The festival, also known as Bugum, is celebrated annually by the Dagombas, Mamprusis and Nanumbas to pacify the gods of their lands.
Before the festival on Friday, an NDC youth group were accused of plotting to cause mayhem during the celebrations, a claim the NDC group denied vehemently.
The Aluta Boys dismissed reports in the media claiming they had planned to create confusion in reaction to the release of five NPP youth activists.
A court of Appeal in Kumasi on Wednesday freed the five NPP activists — Yahuza Yakubu, Majeed Alhassan, Habib Mohammed Dagbana and Shaibu Alhassan - who were sentenced to various terms imprisonment after a clash in Tamale which led to the death of Rashid Alhassan, a youth activist of the NDC.
But the NDC youth group in a meeting Thursday morning with the Youth Organizers of the NDC and NPP in the Northern Region dismissed any plans to cause confusion in the Tamale metropolis.
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