Jihadists operating in the West African sub-region are targeting churches in Ghana for a planned assault, a security research group warned here on Thursday.

The Africa Center for Security and Intelligence Studies (ACSIS) said in a statement that it had monitored activities of the Salafi-Jihadist group in Burkina Faso and realized the group had shifted its attention on Christian churches.

“ACSIS analysis suggests the Salafi-Jihadists are looking to incite religious tensions in Ghana and Togo,” the release cautioned.

The Jihadist group had conducted its first attack on a church last month in Burkina Faso, and ACSIS warned that the group intended to replicate such attacks in Ghana, Togo, Benin and La Cote d’Ivoire.

In Ghana it said the group was seeking to operate from illegal mining zones in the northern parts which it considered a safe launching-pad for its operations.

Enquiries to the national security minister were not responded to at the time of this report Enditem

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