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Foiled attack by Ghanaian returnees from Libya indicative of growing militant network presence, low-sophistication attack likely

19 January 2018


Ghanaian security forces announced on 15 January the arrest of three men in possession of seven hand grenades and other explosives and intending to carry out a terrorist-related attack.

Media reported on the same day that all the three suspects were Ghanaian returnees from Libya, with one of them, Ishmael Ali Musa, suspected of having ties with the Islamic State in Libya. The seized grenades and ammunition are believed to have been smuggled into Ghana from Libya. The arrest of the three persons is the outcome of ongoing “intelligence-led operations” being carried out between the military and the police following several reports, including one by the respected Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), of Ghanaian returnees with possible Islamic State links from Libya seeking to establish a base in Ghana.

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