Burkina Faso attacks: Ghana ready to support fight against terror threats

Government has condemned Saturday’s terror attacks in Burkina Faso, promising to enhance support to stem terrorist threats in the sub-region.

A statement signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hanna Tetteh, says Ghana commits “to work with countries within our ECOWAS region to ensure that our citizens can live in peace and security”.

Ouagadougou confirmed Saturday that 28 people died and 56 got injured after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the Burkinabe capital.

The hotel is said to be popular with foreigners.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said it carried out the attack that sparked Friday. At least four attackers died in the assaults.

Six of those killed were from Canada, Burkinabe officials say.

The siege at the Splendid Hotel was declared over after a joint operation by local and French security forces.

The Sunday evening release by the Ghana government also states: “We offer our heartfelt condolences to President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, the relatives of the deceased victims, and the Government and people of Burkina Faso.

“We stand with our sister country of Burkina Faso in this difficult time and are ready to enhance our cooperation and work together to see an end to this terrorist threat. “

Read the full statement below.
Government of Ghana condemns Terrorist Attacks in Burkina Faso

The Government of Ghana strongly condemns the terrorist attacks that took place over the last two days in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

The attacks which started on Friday at the Splendid Hotel, the Cappuccino Cafe and also the Yibi Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso have since ended. Over twenty-eight persons lost their lives as a result of this tragedy.

We offer our heartfelt condolences to President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, the relatives of the deceased victims, and the Government and people of Burkina Faso. We stand with our sister country of Burkina Faso in this difficult time and are ready to enhance our cooperation and work together to see an end to this terrorist threat.

We commit ourselves to work with the countries within our ECOWAS region to ensure that our citizens can live in peace and security.

Signed:
Hanna S. Tetteh


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