Ghanaian churches targeted by jihadist group for terror attacks - Report

Ghanaian churches targeted by jihadist group for terror attacks - Report

- Africa Center for Security and Intelligence Studies (ACSIS) has reported of possible attacks on churches in the Northern region

- The attacks may be carried out by a jihadist group, Salafi-Jihadist.

- The group has carried out attacks in the past in which lives were lost and properties destroyed

The Africa Center for Security and Intelligence Studies (ACSIS) has cautioned Ghanaians against a potential terrorist attack by a jihadist group, Salafi-Jihadist.

The group, based in Burkina Faso, has been moving in and out of Ghana’s borders over the past four months, YEN.com.gh has learnt.

Information available suggests that their immediate targets are likely to be churches in the Northern region, and the terrorists are likely to operate from the mining zones.

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On February 15, 2019, the group killed a Spanish priest, as well as four Burkinabe customs officers at a checkpoint at Nohao near the Ghana border. The group also burnt three vehicles in the process.

Myjoyonline.com reports that the jihadists also launched an attack on a church in Burkina Faso on April 29, 2019, when gunmen opened fire inside the church killing the pastor, two of his sons and three other worshipers.

The attack was the second in April 2019 alone following the killing of four in an attack on April 5, 2019, on a Catholic church.

Reports reveal that Burkina Faso has been experiencing jihadist attacks since 2015, with a marked escalation in terror attacks, which has spread to the east, near the border with Togo and Benin.

According to ACSIS, the militants often begin to develop a foothold through preaching and philanthropic gestures including building mosques.

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