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Terror attacks KIA security tight, police assure travelers

At the airport roundabout, one could see policemen stationed to control traffic and a police bus with armed policemen monitoring movements of persons.

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Kotoka International Airport  Accra play

Kotoka International Airport  Accra


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Security at the Kotoka International Airport is tight and police are in position to avert any possible terrorist attack, police officials stationed at the airport tell Pulse.com.gh.

“There are policemen wearing mufti among the visitors at the waiting department. And inside the airport, there are policemen also there working to ensure passengers’ safety,” a police corporal who did not want to be identified because she has not be authorized to speak on the matter told Pulse.com.gh on Thursday, days after the Brussels terror attack.

“In the morning, we have those without uniforms and nametags ensuring security. You would not see them, but they are there. Later in the day, the police then deploy armed policemen to continue with security,” she said.

At the airport roundabout, one could see policemen stationed to control traffic and a police bus with armed policemen monitoring movements of persons.

People waiting to receive their relatives and associates at the KIA play

People waiting to receive their relatives and associates at the KIA

 

“I am ok with security here”, Winfred Gadah, who was at the airport to wait for his boss told Pulse.com.gh.

“There used to be chairs here for people to sit on, but I believe it is because of security reasons, they are no longer here.”

Gadah said he monitored the recent Brussels attacks that claimed the lives of 31 people and injured many in the Belgian capital.

Two explosions occurred on Tuesday March  21 in the departure hall of the Zaventem airport and a metro substation in Brussels.

The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attacks in a statement issued on the IS-linked Amaq agency.

After three days of national mourning, Belgium has raised its terrorism alert to its highest level.

But Gadah said nothing will happen in Ghana, ”only God can determine what will happen so I am not afraid.”

“When I came in the morning and I stay in my car for about five minutes because I  wanted to eat something, I was approached,” Nana Osei, who was at the airport to welcome his relative said.

“So it tells me security is good here.”

Ben Senyo, who is among a team of young men ensuring free traffic flow at the airport said when a car is parked at the airport for about 3 to 4 minutes, they will approach the vehicle and question the driver, all in a move to ensure security is not compromised.

Speaking on the Brussels attack, Senyo said he is not afraid of a potential terrorist attack in Ghana. According to him, terrorists coordinate their activities with indigenes of targeted countries and that he is convinced no Ghanaian will team up with terrorists to bomb Ghana.

A Lebanese woman who did not want her name to be mentioned said “she is scared” after watching the Brussels attack on TV.

She declined further comments, saying she does not want to get involved in the politics of Ghana.

 

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