Ghana could be attacked by terrorists – Report

General news for Monday, May 9, 2022


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The West Africa Center for Countering Extremism (WACCE) has said Ghana is prone to terrorist attacks.

According to the Centre, regardless of whether Ghana has been dealing with terrorist threats for some time, “yet Ghana has been so close to terrorism”.

The report revealed that already more than 13 Ghanaians have traveled to fight with terrorist groups since 2015.

“Up to twenty-three (23), others were dissuaded from leaving to join extremist groups. The first recorded case in Ghana was Nazir Alema Nortey, a young university graduate, who shockingly left the country in August 2015 to join ISIS before sending a message back. to his parents to tell them about his new cause. He was killed in Syria in April 2016.

“Professor Kofi Awoonor, a renowned Ghanaian poet and scholar, was killed in the West Gate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, when Al Shabab fighters besieged the mall in 2013.

The report further revealed that “although the number of fatalities is currently down from a peak of over 7,200 in the region in 2014, the threat has increased in complexity and geographic spread. Today, 53% of all of ECOWAS is now surrounded by the threat. These developments are dangerous for Ghana.

“Ghana’s proximity to these countries (Burkina Faso to the north, Benin and Togo to the east, and Côte d’Ivoire to the west) exposes the country to recruitment or extremist attacks or both.

Attached is the full report below:

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