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Man killed during knife fight at ‘galamsey’ site

What started as a control of turf and show of supremacy by two rival gangs in the small scale mining community in Odumasi in the Asante Akyem Central District of Ashanti, has ended in the untimely death of a leader of one of the gangs.

The gang, said to be attacking each other for the control of the site and bragging about their spiritual fortification to withstand knife wounds embarked on a stabbing spree.

Yaw Boateng, 24 also known as Ramsey, lost his life when he clashed with Arafat Hakeem Mohammed on Wednesday afternoon. He was stabbed in the chest with a dagger which got stuck. He bled and died instantly.

According to an eyewitnesses, Boateng’s gang and that of Arafat have been engaged in fight for supremacy over the site for sometime now and on Wednesday afternoon the bloody clash ensued between the two.

The previous day however, there was a similar clash and it was not clear what led to the confrontation but they were separated.

However, they said when the two met again in the afternoon of Wednesday, the fight was re-ignited and the two who had bragged about their spiritual powers, engaged in a fight using daggers.

According to them, Arafat chased Boateng with his dagger and plunged it into his chest killing him instantly.

Arafat has since been arrested by the police and is currently in police custody assisting with investigation.

The Konongo Divisional Commander of the Police, Superintendent of Police (Supt) Mr Bossman Ohene Boadi, confirmed the incident to Graphic Online and added that the alleged murderer has been arrested and was in their custody.

He said the police was now conducting its own investigation into the matter to determine the cause of the incident.

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