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Benin on terror threat alert, calls for calm as it reinforces security

Benin on terror threat alert, calls for calm as it reinforces security

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Benin has reinforced security measures after receiving terrorist threats, a senior army official has said in an internal message to security forces relayed by the press.

“Following a new alert of a terrorist threat, I ask all forces of law and order in Benin to strengthen security on different areas being threatened and to be more vigilant during border checks,” the message read.

The Army Chief of Staff, General Awal Nagnimi later told newsmen that there is no need to panic because these are normal messages frequently sent to defense and security forces.

A high ranking army official speaking on condition of anonymity told news agencies that security measures are being reinforced following a terrorist alert received from another country.

Details on the seriousness of the threat were not revealed by the source who also refused to comment whether it is in anyway linked to Benin’s decision to assist the Multinational Joint Task Force in combating Boko Haram.

West African countries have been on high alert following terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou and Grand Bassam.

AFP