National Security allays fears of terror attacks

The National Security Minister says that the alerts are only standard cautions and do not represent any specific known terrorism threats to the Nation.

The alerts sought to caution citizens of the two countries resident in Ghana to be security conscious and selective about places of visit in Ghana.

“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.”

“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 warnings have heightened fears in the general public with the minority in Parliament asking the government to investigate the supposed threats.

But a statement signed by the National Security Minister says that the alerts are only standard cautions and do not represent any specific known terrorism threats to the Nation.

Below is the statement by National Security:

“The National Security Ministry has taken notice of news reports of some travel alerts issued by western nations as a caution to potential travelers to Ghana.

The Ministry hereby informs the Ghanaian public that the alerts are only standard cautions and do not represent any specific known terrorism threats to the Nation.

Through collaborative and intelligence sharing arrangements with International allies, the nation’s security agencies will be aware if there is a known threat in the offing.

The public is hereby assured that the Nation faces no known terror threats at the moment and remains safe.”

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