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Low-sophistication Islamist attack on churches and hospitality venues likely in Ghana amid growing militant network penetration

20 May 2019

One of the major churches in the Ghanaian capital of Accra, Christ the King Catholic Church, located next to the Office of the President on Liberation Road, on 19 May announced that it has banned backpacks as part of new directives to increase security.

The announcement follows warnings by Think Tank Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies (ACSIS) that Burkinabé-based Salafist jihadist groups are looking to expand their operational scope by launching attacks on churches and hospitality venues in nearby countries, including Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, and Togo. There were three separate Islamist attacks on churches in Burkina Faso in April, in which 16 people were killed.

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