ABIDJAN Ivory Coast has requested elevated security at its Abidjan and San Pedro ports just after acquiring information and facts indicating “probable terrorist attacks” on its countrywide territory, according to a transportation ministry document witnessed by Reuters on Sunday.
The document, dated March 24 and confirmed as genuine by a senior Ivorian maritime security formal, did not give even further facts on the unique mother nature of the threats.
The final decision, placing International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) on security degree two, comes amid a regional maritime work out — regarded as Obangame Categorical — sponsored by the U.S. military’s Africa Command.
Approximately 20 African nations are taking part in the schooling work out, most of which are to choose place offshore of Ivory Coast’s commercial cash Abidjan.
In addition to its U.S. armed service sponsor, other worldwide members contain Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, France, Denmark, Canada, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Below the ISPS’s degree two, the risk is thought of better than ordinary and security is tightened equally in ports and on ships.
(Reporting by Ange Aboa and Joe Bavier Modifying by Susan Thomas and David Goodman)