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Police scan La beach after explosion injured 4 children

The Ghana Police Service has begun scanning of beaches at La in Accra following an explosion in the area last week.

According to the Service, the move is critical in determining whether there are similar devices within that perimeter.

Four children sustained various degrees of injuries during the blast on August 5. The explosive detonated while the unsuspecting children were playing with it, unaware of the danger it posed.

The community is alarmed by the development and wants more to be done to secure the area and forestall a possible recurrence.

Speaking on News Desk Tuesday, Public Relations Officer for the Accra Region Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge explained that “the authorities and experts are doing what is needed to find out whether these objects could be found in any part of the community… but I don’t know whether they are going to extend it to the wider community.”

“Our shores have been very safe so if we have seen something like this, it means that it calls for a broader interrogation to find out whether indeed something is happening that we may be unaware of,” she said August 11.

As part of measure to further ensure public safety, she also advised that guardians ensure children don’t touch unfamiliar objects.

A statement from the Police Command also indicated that “police should be notified of strange objects in your vicinity.”

Investigations are underway to determine the source of the device.

However, Security Analyst Col. Festus Aboagye (Rtd.) wants the exercise to be extended to other beaches along the capital’s coastline.

“All our beaches in Accra need to be seriously searched,” he said.

The former military officer told JoyNews that the probability of the recent incident being a remnant of a terrorist plot cannot be underestimated. He believes the existence of terror activities across parts of the sub-region call for a critical assessment of the development.

“There are conflict areas around our borders. Burkina Faso is one, Niger is another and even far-away Nigeria that is the Boko Haram enclave.

So it’s only the authorities after investigations who may come close to establishing where these grenades emanated from,” the Col Aboagye reiterated.

Meanwhile, the father of all four children injured in the blast, Oko Adams is grateful to God that they survived.

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