British nationals traveling to Ghana have been warned to be mindful of a possible terror attack in the West African nation, High Commission officials warned.
The UK government is therefore advising its citizens to avoid or be alert at places visited by foreigners.
In a travel advice posted on its website, the UK government also said localised civil unrest could happen in Ghana on short notice.
“Localised outbreaks of civil unrest can occur at short notice, and can become violent (sometimes involving weapons). If you’re in these areas, you should remain vigilant, exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. If this does happen, local police may impose curfews to contain the situation.
“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ghana. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” the government posted Gov.UK on Sunday June 9.
“Around 90,000 British nationals visit Ghana every year. While most visits are trouble-free, crime does occur. In recent years, reported crime has increased, particularly over the Christmas period. Criminal activity ranging from petty street crime, to violent crime can occur at any time. Take sensible precautions. Be particularly vigilant in public areas, and take care when travelling by road,” the advisory stated.
The warning is being issued almost a week after two Canadian nationals were kidnapped by gun men in Ghana’s second largest city Kumasi.
Canada has also warned it nationals to be on the alert while in Ghana, a country seen as stable in a troubled sub region.
Kidnappings and violent crime against foreigners are rare in Ghana.
But earlier this year, local media quoted President Nana Akufo-Addo as warning that action must be taken to make sure kidnapping “doesn’t become a feature of our society.”
Source: Daily Mail GH