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UK government warns of terror attacks in Ghana

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

The British government is warning of possible terror attacks in Ghana.

It is asking British nationals residing or traveling to Ghana to avoid or be on alert at places visited by foreigners.

In an alert published on its website, the UK government said the terrorists attacks, could be indiscriminate.

It said that “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”

The UK government also hinted that localised civil unrest could happen in Ghana.

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“Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, and can become violent.

If you are in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities.

If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation” the alert read.

The development comes a week after two Canadian nationals on exchange program were kidnapped. About 90,000 British nationals visit Ghana every year.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo

Terror alert in West Africa

Last month Ghana, Ivory Coast and Benin said they were on alert following threats from Jihadists operating in the neighbouring Burkina Faso.

The Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (ACSIS) issued a security alert of an imminent attack from the Salafi-Jihadist group in Burkina Faso on Ghana and Togo.

The group conducted it’s first attack on a church in Burkina Faso on 28th April 2019 killing six people including a pastor.

According a release by the ACSIS, the Salafist-Jihadist group members “are also planning to attack churches in countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, and Benin.”

The organization said the alert is to raise the needed awareness for appropriate measures from governments of the mentioned countries.

Some West African countries including Nigeria are becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks from Islamic militants.

Cameroon has also not been spared from spillover of attacks from Islamic Militant group Boko Haram operating in Nigeria.

There have been some movements from governments of the named countries since the Burkina Faso attacks.

Ghana and Ivory Coast as well as smaller neighbors Benin and Togo are strengthening security along their boundaries with Burkina Faso, which has seen a surge of attacks by al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked insurgents this year.




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