Ghana and two other countries on high alert over reports of a jihadist threat

Ghana and two other countries on high alert over reports of a jihadist threat

Information available to shows that three countries are on high alert following reports of activities of jihadist groups in West Africa.

According to a report, Ghana, Benin and Togo have raised their security levels after reports of instability in Mali, which is allegedly a haven for groups linked to Al-Qaeda.

Burkina Faso has however not been spared, a development that has taken many by surprise, as attacks have been reported in its eastern region.

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Reports of jihadist activities have heightened tension in some countries Source:
Source: UGC

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Security fears have increased since the killing of four Burkinabe customs officials and a Spanish priest who was returning from a meeting in Togo’s capital, Lome.

Ghana Army spokesman, Colonel Eric Aggrey Quarshie, however said the military was “on top of” protecting the northern border. “Everything is under control,” he added, without elaborating.

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Source: UGC

But Ghana’s National Disaster Management Organisation said it was beginning to see the effects of violence in Burkina Faso.

In recent weeks, more than 300 people, including 176 children, have sought refuge in the Bawku area of northeast Ghana.

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