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Ghana says its forces rescued two kidnapped Canadian women

Ghana says its forces rescued two kidnapped Canadian women Ghana says its forces rescued two kidnapped Canadian women
Bennie Garza | 13 June, 2019, 13:56

The meeting followed the successful operation by state security apparatus to the rescue of two Canadian women, Lauren Patricia Catherine Tilley, 19, and Bailey Jordan Chitty, 20, from their captors in Kumasi earlier in the day.

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.

Canadians Lauren Tilley, left, and Bailey Chitty, who were abducted in Ghana on June 4, have been rescued and are safe. It said the two were receiving emotional and psychological support and were physically unharmed.

Ghana's information ministry says national security operatives completed the rescue mission in the country's south-central Ashanti region.

He also added that one of the suspects in the process sustained minor injuries.

The ministry said an interrogation process is ongoing, which will determine whether more arrests will be made.

The ministry said the "Canadian team was in town to explore ways in which they could help, but that was not necessary".

"Our people on the ground had clarity on what to do, and the result is what you see now", he said.

Global Affairs Canada also said consular officials are providing assistance to the two women and their families.

The spokesperson said they wouldn't disclose further information regarding the women's "harrowing experiences".

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said five Ghanaians and three Nigerians are being held in connection with the kidnapping, a relatively rare incident of violence targeting foreigners in a country seen as a bulwark of stability.

A government delegation led by the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, on Wednesday met with the diplomatic community on safety measures. "Citizens and travelers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe", Nkrumah said in the statement.

Local media quoted President Nana Akufo-Addo this year as warning that action must be taken to ensure that kidnapping "doesn't become a feature of our society".

An Estonian diplomat was also rescued by police after being kidnapped in April in the capital, Accra, Ghanaweb reported.

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