- Ghana has installed a full body scanner at Kotoko International Airport following the failed Christmas eve bombing of a US-bound airliner by a Nigerian national, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
According to Ghanaian authorities the installation is to step up security at the airport given that the suspected bomber passed through Ghana on his suicide-bombing journey.
The statement from the government said the installation of the security equipment underpins the government’s commitment to fighting terrorism locally and internationally.
The government has assured that the government will continue to collaborate effectively with security agencies elsewhere in an effort to discourage terrorism.
Meanwhile, reports have suggested that the suspected airline bomber spent more than two weeks in that country before mounting his attempted Christmas attack on a Northwest Airlines flight.
The Ghanaian government said Mr Abdulmutallab arrived in Accra on 9 December, earlier than was previously believed. He stayed for just over two weeks before flying to Lagos to board his flight to Amsterdam, where he connected to another Detroit-bound flight that he attempted to attack with explosives sewn into his underpants.
The United States has introduced tougher screening rules for passengers arriving by air from 14 nations including Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Cuba which the authorities deem to be a security risk.
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