Some 170 suspected criminals have been arrested in a joint security operation code-named Koudanlgou III near the Ghana-Togo border.

The anti-terrorism operation, according to a statement from the National Security Ministry, is aimed at clamping down on planned terrorist activities and other criminal activities.

“The exercise is aimed at preventing terrorist activities, illegal resource extraction, drug trafficking, dealing in illicit arms, smuggling, among other transnational crimes,” Ghana’s National Security Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah said in a statement.

According to the statement, some of the suspects possessed illegal weapons, including locally-manufactured and foreign single/double-barrelled guns totalling 108 “without any valid document covering them”.

“Others, too, have not had their authorisation renewed for years. Illegal miners including foreigners were also arrested at ‘Dollar Power’ near Bole,” the statement added.

Read the full statement below.

border swoop statement

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