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Ghanaian Security on high alert over fears of terrorists attack
From: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Isaac Essel          Published On: January 17, 2013, 13:02 GMT
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Ghanaian Security on high alert over fears of terrorists attack

Col. Gbevlo Lartey

The National Security Coordinator, Col. Larry Gbevlo Lartey is assuring Ghanaians the country's security agencies are alert and ready to foil any terrorist attacks.

The insurgency of Islamist rebels in northern part of Mali, whose activities have spilled over into Algeria has caused anxiety in Ghana as the country contributes troops to ward off the rebels.

Some security experts have raised concerns about the possibility of Ghana being targeted by the terrorists for supporting the offensive against the rebels.

But the country’s National Security Coordinator in an interview with Joy News on Thursday, assured that the security agencies “are up to speed in taking care of our people and ensuring their safety”.

Col. Gbevlo Lartey, however, underscored the need for public to also be vigilant.

As far as the readiness of the security agencies is concerned, he said that is not "too much of a problem for the security agency because it takes a short time to bring them up to a certain level of alertness”.

While admitting the possibility of Ghana being attacked by these rebel groups, he also explained that “every country will continue to face threats".

He however said that the risk level of such attacks is what matters. He also maintained that "the measures we take to continue to maintain surveillance and internal vigilance [is more] important.”

West African defense chiefs, including Ghana, have already approved plans to speed up the deployment of African troops against Islamist rebels in northern Mali, with some regional soldiers possibly arriving next week.

According to Col. Gbevlo Lartey, Ghana’s decision to participate in the operation is in order, saying it is in line with what the international community expects.

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