Ghana condemns ‘needless’ Paris terror attacks

Ghana has condemned the series of terror attacks in Paris that left at least 120 people dead and several others injured Friday night, describing it as “needless”.

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Hanna Tetteh in a late night tweet said: “The attacks on the Bataclan Concert Hall & other locations in Paris tonight are horrific & needless acts of violence we all must condemn.

“Our world is growing smaller & more connected every day. We have to develop better tools to work together to combat terrorism & extremism,” she added.

 She however did not say whether there were Ghana nationals among the injured or casualty.

President John Dramani Mahama in describing the attack as “horrific”, expressed Ghana’s condolences to President Francois Hollande and the people of France.

In a statement copied to the French Embassy in Accra, President Mahama described as horrific the attack on innocent civilians in Paris, which has now claimed over 120 lives.

“On behalf of the people of Ghana, I send to the families of the victims of these despicable attacks, our condolences. May those who survived be comforted and healed. Ghana stands by a grieving France in this time of difficulty”, President Mahama stated.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration is working with the Ghana Embassy in Paris to update Government on further developments and also work with the French Authorities to ensure the safety of Ghanaians in France.”

The series of gun and bomb attacks at various locations in the French capital has led to a declaration of a national state of emergency as the nation’s borders are tightened, the BBC reports.

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Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the 1,500-seat Bataclan hall and took dozens hostage. The siege ended when security forces stormed the building.Concertgoers were watching US rock group Eagles of Death Metal in a sold out event.


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  • At least 120 people dead
  • A further 200 wounded, 80 seriously
  • 80 reported to have died at Bataclan Concert hall
  • Others died in reported suicide blast near Stade de France, and in gun attacks on restaurants
  • Eight attackers reported to have been killed, 7 of whom died after detonating suicide belts

Source: BBC


People were shot dead at bars and restaurants at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers are reported to have been killed. Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it was unclear if any accomplices were still on the run after the string of near-simultaneous attacks.

Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city.

The gunmen’s motives were not immediately confirmed, but one witness at the Bataclan heard one of the attackers appear to express support for the militant Islamic State (IS) group.

By Stephen Kwabena Effah||Ghana