One person has been confirmed dead with another fighting for his life at the Emergency Unit of the Manhyia Government Hospital after they were hit by stray bullets during the Eid-ul Adha prayers at Aboabo Number 2 in the Asokore Mampong Municipality of the Ashanti Region.
Some youth who joined the prayers were firing gunshots and brandishing weapons as part of the celebrations on Tuesday, July 20.
A stray bullet from the warning shots, however, hit 16-year-old Gafaru Kasim, who was rushed to the Manhyia Government Hospital but could not survive.
Another person was seriously injured.
Officers of the Crime Scene Department of the Ashanti Regional Police Command of Ghana Police Service were deployed to the scene to assess the situation.
Bloodstains of the victims could be seen on the ground.
Asokore Mampong Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Alhaji Alidu Seidu described the incident as shocking.
“I am not an expert in shooting. I don’t see why you should use guns in celebration. It is not done anywhere,” he told TV3‘s Benjamin Aidoo.
“I will advise the youth to resist these sorts of acts. Let us all have a fruitful celebration for the year so that at the end of the day we will say this year’s celebrations have been very wonderful and have been very good.”
The head of the family of the deceased, Sulemana Omar, said the disaster has ended their celebration of Eid.