Ivory Coast Attacks: US stops military officials from travelling to Ghana

Ivory Coast Attacks: US stops military officials from travelling to Ghana

-The US military has ordered all its officers not to travel to West African countries following recent attacks on Ivory Coast

- Spokeswoman of the Pentagon argues that the move is part of measures to keep US military forces safe

- Recent terror attacks on Ivory Coast is feared to have killed 16 persons including a security official

Ivory Coast Attacks: US stops military officials from travelling to Ghana

16 persons were killed in Al Qaeda attacks in Ivory Coast (photo npr.org)

The US military is restricting travel permits of its officers to five West African countries including Ghana following recent terror attacks in Ivory Coast.

The directive, according to Reuters News Agency,will see informal travel by US military officers  to Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Ghana strictly limited until June 2016.

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"Given the recent attacks in western Africa, we felt it prudent to make this decision at this time in an effort to ensure the safety of our personnel," U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Baldanza, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said.

Even as the United States protects its officials from terror attacks, Ghana's security agency has heightened measures to prevent a possible attack as the nation has been documented to be on the list of West African countries most likely to be attacked by Islamic terrorists.

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The beach-shooting at Ivory Coast by Al-Queeda militants is feared to have killed 16 civilians including a security personell - a development which has heightened internal security by various West African states.

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