Armed thieves opened fire on a church in Atwima Afrancho in the Ashanti Region, wounding five people, three of whom were children.
According to an eyewitness, heavily armed robbers stormed the premises of the Heaven Embassy church around 1 a.m. on Easter Friday during a watchnight service.
Pastor Newton, the head pastor, said that they heard loud gunshots during worship.
They initially mistook the armed thieves for police officers from distance since they were dressed in black, according to him.
When they entered the unfinished church, however, they began pointing the rifle towards the congregation. The guys then requested one of the junior pastors to turn off all the lights in the auditorium, according to Pastor Newton. The armed thieves demanded that all worshippers lie face down before robbing all of their valuables, including cell phones and cash.
Unfortunately, five of the members were struck by earlier bullets, including three children whose identities are presently unknown.
Pastor Newton added that before leaving, the burglars seized the keys to a church member’s motorcycle, which was parked in front of the church.
They abandoned it when they tried bolting with it and discovered it couldn’t accelerate.
According to Pastor Newton, the affected members are currently seeking treatment at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
“It is our hope that the injured will recover quickly. Because they were bleeding, they were in a lot of pain.”
As part of their investigation into the event, Kumasi Police have launched a manhunt for the robbers.