Ottawa ‘very relieved’ after 2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued

Evarado Alatorre
Junio 12, 2019

The local news portal, Citi FM, reported the rescue citing confirmation from the Ministry of Information.

The two students were in the country working as volunteers with an worldwide charity when the armed men seized them in Kumasi, southern Ghana last Thursday, Ghana Police Service said.

The country's national police force said last Thursday that the two Canadian women were aged 19 and 20.

"Can the Canadians who came to rescue the kidnapped Canadian citizens please stay on for like a week more and help us find our missing Takoradi girls?"

Global Affairs Canada says the federal government is "very relieved" that the two women have been rescued from what a department spokesman called their "harrowing experiences". "Consular officials are providing assistance to the Canadians and their families".

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"Details of the operation and ongoing efforts to ensure that similar incidents are successfully resolved will be made available in a subsequent press briefing scheduled for 15:00 hours today", the statement read in part. "Citizens and travelers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe", Nkrumah said in the statement.

Nana Afuko-Addo, Ghana's president, has pledged to crack down on kidnappers amid fears that the upswing in abductions could harm their tourism industry.

Meanwhile, Ghanaians are protesting how it is that the police are yet to rescue three girls abducted in the Western Regional capital, Takoradi, months back.

Forson said "they were operating without a licence, and they shut that down, and they also issued a warning that they would be tougher with other hostels or hotels where foreigners are lodged". The country has been considered one of the safest in the region for foreign travellers.

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