THE Police at Asante Mampong last Friday night descended heavily on a group of highway robbers operating on the Mampong-Woraso road killing one of them in the process.
This happened after the robbers had engaged the police in a shoot-out that lasted about five minutes.
The robbers, using various offensive weapons, had barricaded the road, robbing their victims of their monies and other personal belongings until the police arrived at the spot.
The police could not immediately give the number of robbers engaged in the act, but said the rest, including one suspected to have received gunshot wounds, escaped into the bush.
Consequently, the police have launched an intensive search for the injured robber and his colleagues.
The police have appealed to health institutions and the general public to be on the lookout for anyone who may be carrying gunshot wounds seeking medical attention.
A Mampong Police source told the Daily Graphic on phone last Sunday that the incident took place at about 7p.m.
It said the police divisional headquarters at Mampong received distress calls from some of the victims about the attack and quickly mobilised men to save the situation.
The robbers, who had barricaded the road, opened gunfire on the police when they saw the police vehicle approaching.
The source said the police returned fire, and in the process, one of the robbers was killed while the rest escaped.
The police could not tell the number of people who fell victims of the attack.
The body of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue while investigations continued.