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General News
Robbers Strike Ghana High Commission 6/11/2007
A gang of armed robbers on Thursday raided Ghana’s High Commission Offices in Pretoria, South Africa, and made away with undisclosed sums of money and other valuables.
A source at the High Commission told the Ghanaian Times newspaper, by telephone, that the attack occurred around midday, during office hours.

The men, numbering about eight, stormed the High Commission and overpowered the security man at the gate. They took the security man and the driver hostage and proceeded to the main building where they attacked about five officials in their offices. Even though no one was hurt, it was learnt the robbers took away undisclosed sums both in dollars and the local Rand, as well as mobile phones.

Officials were tight-lipped on the amount involved, but it is believed to be thousands of dollars.

Soon after the robbery, the office had to close because most of the officials were traumatized.

The South African police are investigating the matter while security has been beefed up at the premises. Attempts to reach the foreign Affairs Minister and his deputy for confirmation proved futile.

South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, which is one of the challenges facing the government as the country prepares to host the 2010 World Cup.

Ghaiana Times

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