A Chinese national, Ting Tiant, has been shot by suspected armed robbers in Kumasi. The robbery occurred on Tuesday 20 October 2020, as the victim engaged in a mobile money transaction.
The incident in the Ashanti regional capital occurred barely 24 hours after a 36-year-old man had been shot dead in Atonsu in the Asokwa Municipality.
“I came this morning and opened my shop. So I saw Chinese men, they parked at the other side. So they crossed the road to buy Vodafone credit from me,” the mobile money vendor, who witnessed the incident, told Asaase News’s Ashanti Region correspondent, Jonathan Ofori.
“So, when he came, he told me that he is buying GHC100. So I took the credit and I was about to give it to him, and before I could realise, somebody shot the Chinese man from behind,” he said.
Reports say the suspected armed robbers, numbering about four, sped off on their motorbikes immediately after killing the Chinese national.
Spate of robberies
In the past few months, Ghana has witnessed a number of robbery attacks, raising fears about the state of security in the nation.
In July, a Seventh-Day Adventist Church member was robbed and gunned down in Kumasi. A pastor was also shot dead at Kokoben, Kumasi, in the same month.
Also, a young mobile money vendor was killed in similar circumstances at Onwe, close to Ejisu, in the Ashanti Region.
About three weeks ago, highway robbers attacked a bullion van in Manso, killing a cashier in the process. In September, highway robbers shot into a VIP bus and other vehicles, leaving one person with an eye injury.
A similar incident occurred last week when the Ashanti regional director of the Electoral Commission, Benjamin Bannor Bio, was attacked by robbers at gunpoint.