Ghanaian security forces have arrested and are questioning three alleged coup plotters after their plans to target the presidency were foiled.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Ghana’s government said the plot had “the ultimate aim of destabilising the country”.

Military personnel were involved in obtaining weapons, the statement said.

According to the government, the group were aiming to recruit and radicalise a base of young people.

A stash of weapons and ammunition was found following 15 months of surveillance.

This included six pistols, three smoke grenades, 22 IEDs, two AK47 magazines and one long knife.

Computer equipment, a voice recorder and a Ghanaian passport were also among the list of items seized.

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