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03 August 2017

Terror attacks loom in Ghana – UK and Canada issue alerts


The United Kingdom has warned that Ghana is likely to experience terrorist attacks.

On its website, the UK government said possible attacks are likely to occur in places visited by foreigners.

“While there have been no recent attacks in Ghana, terrorist groups in west Africa have demonstrated their capability and intent by mounting attacks in 2015 and 2016 in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali, targeting beach resorts, hotels, cafes and restaurants visited by foreigners.”

The UK has, therefore, urged its nationals to be “vigilant in these locations.”

“While Ghana has no recent history of terrorism, groups associated with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Islamic State of Libya and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA) present a threat to the wider region…“There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.”
The UK alluded to a National Security statement indicating enhanced security measures in response to attacks elsewhere. It has continued to monitor the threat.
In 2016, Ghana’s National Security declared travelers from Libya, Mali, and Niger high risk.
This followed threats of terrorist attacks on the country.

Meanwhile, in a May 2017 notice, the Canadian government also issued a similar warning to its citizens traveling to Ghana to be wary of an imminent terror attack on Ghana.

“There is a threat of terrorism. Terrorist targets could include shopping malls, government buildings, and public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels, and sites frequented by Westerners. Be aware of your surroundings in public places.”








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