A suspected terrorist of the recent Burkina Faso attack on the Splendid Hotel which claimed a total of 29 lives, has been nabbed in Ghana.
The Ghanaian Times said the 45 year-old suspect, Zurae Ibrahim, is believed to have fled from Burkina Faso into Ghana. He was arrested at Gwollu in the Sisala West District of the Upper West Region. The suspect who is reportedly an ex-service man has been linked with the recent attacks in the Ouagadougou capital of Burkina Faso.
It was gathered that the police were tight lipped on the issue, but a crime officer had said information about the suspect was sketchy and he would not want to cause any fear and panic among the populace.
However, according to the Sisalla West Police Commander ASP, Guy Peter who spoke on Radford FM in Tumu, the suspect has told the police he is from Ivory Coast.
Also, according to Starr News’ regional correspondent Musah Lansah, the Gwollu Police in the Upper West region of Ghana is keeping him behind bars.
The police said a vigilante group at the border who first spotted him, raised alarm, arrested him and handed him over to the police. He is likely to be transferred to the Upper West regional capital of Wa for further interrogation.
Other sources picked up by the Times revealed that the Burkinabe authorities have requested that Ghana releases the suspect to them for questioning.
Ibrahim is believed to be one of the presidential guards of former Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaoré. The Upper West Regional Police Crime Officer, Superintendent Hussein Musah Awun-Naba confirmed this while speaking to Citi News:
Yesterday in the evening around 5 pm… the Police just saw a certain man who they suspected to be a criminal. He was just loitering in the town and they did not know his name so they arrested him and he was interrogated and it was there that it was revealed he was an ex member of the presidential guard that as disbanded.
Police in Burkina Faso were also monitoring him so they found out they have arrested him and they contacted us but since we just arrested him we could not just hand him over to them .”
Meanwhile security chiefs have announced increased surveillance at Ghana’s borders to foil any possible terror attacks after the recent Burkina Faso attack.
The Burkina Faso Attack
Over 126 people were held hostage at the luxury hotel last week and it took the intervention of the security forces to free them. Half of the freed hostages were hospitalized, according to Burkina Faso’s foreign minister, Alpha Barry. Of the 29 people who died, 22 have been identified, Ouagadougou prosecutor Maïza Sereme said, according to state broadcaster RTB. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore told the nation that more than 50 people were wounded. The injured included two Burkinabe police officers, one soldier and one service member from France.
Meanwhile, government of Ghana soon after the attack, issued a statement declaring that it will work with the Government of Burkina Faso to fight terrorism in the region.
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