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Ghanaians need to pay attention to terror attacks - Mahama


President John Mahama address Ghanaians in Scotland

President John Mahama has charged Ghanaians to be alert for any form of terror attacks in the country.

His warning follows attacks in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast last week, which killed several people and destroyed properties.
According to him, the National Security Council has assessed the threat that terrorists pose to Ghana.
The National Security Council of Ghana on Wednesday issued a warning on a possible terror attack, asking Ghanaians to be wary and security conscious.

Security experts said public places including hotels, restaurants, malls and other public places that attract a lot of foreigners are prone to attacks.
This has raised fear and panic among Ghanaians who believe their lives are at risk.

Suspected terrorists last Sunday shot and killed 19 people at a beach side resort in Ivory Coast.

President John Mahama addressing Ghanaians living in Scotland as part of his four-day official visit to Scotland said, "Increasingly, the threat of terrorism is an issue that we need to pay attention to. We had a national Security Council meeting few days ago, just before I left to come here, and we are assessing the threat, the threat that terrorism poses to our sub-region."
"The countries around Lake Chad have been battling with Boko Haram for some time now and then recently as a result of the destabilization in North Africa, a lot of weapons and arms have infiltrated into the Sahelean area. It’s become a bit of lawless area so Northern Mali, Southern Algeria, Southern Libya and that whole Sahelean belt has become a very problematic area and we are beginning to see the results stretching far down as West Africa. You know what happened in Bamako, two months later it occurred in Burkina Faso and just last weekend it happened in Abidjan."
He added that "So it just means that the threat level is something we cannot discount so government is doing everything possible to ensure that our people are safe and secured."

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