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Canada2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued, 8 in custody after raid

08:35  13 june  2019
08:35  13 june  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Ghana security forces free two kidnapped Canadians

Ghana security forces free two kidnapped Canadians Ghanaian security forces on Wednesday freed two young Canadian women who had been kidnapped at a golf club in the city of Kumasi last week, a government official said. "National Security Operatives in the early hours of Wednesday 12 June, 2019 completed an operation which successfully rescued the two Canadian women recently abducted" in Kumasi, Ghana's second city, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said in a statement. "Citizens and travellers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe," he added.

Eight people were arrested in connection with the kidnapping, authorities said, but denied the abductors were paid off.

Authorities say eight people have been arrested following the early-morning rescue of two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana last week. Bailey Chitty (left) Lauren Tilley are seen in these undated images. The two Canadians were rescued this on June 12 after being abducted in Ghana .

2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued, 8 in custody after raid© CBC Two Canadian women who were kidnapped in Ghana have been released, Ghana's Information Ministry and Global Affairs Canada confirm.

Two University of New Brunswick students abducted June 4 in Ghana while volunteering with a non-governmental organization were rescued in an early-morning raid and eight people are in custody.

Ghana's Ministry of Information said the rescue operation was completed in the south-central Ashanti region. The Canadian government said in an email to CBC on Wednesday that it's "very relieved to confirm" the release of the women, whose names were disclosed by Youth Challenge International (YCI), the NGO with which they were volunteering, as Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty.

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OTTAWA—Global Affairs Canada says the federal government is “very relieved” that two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana earlier this month have been rescued . A spokesman for the department says consular officials are providing assistance to the two women and their families after

Security forces rescued two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana earlier this month and arrested eight people in connection with their kidnapping, authorities said on Wednesday. Ghanaian Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah denied that the abductors had been paid off, saying “there

2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued, 8 in custody after raid© Kweku Obeng/Reuters Ghana's Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah updated journalists on Wednesday about the rescue of the two Canadian women who were abducted last week in Kumasi, in Accra, Ghana.

On its website, YCI said both women were getting support from professionals and that they were physically unhurt.

"The parents of both young women have been in contact with their daughters and at this time wish to express their extreme gratitude to the Ghanaian police, the Ghanaian government and the Canadian government for all their support and actions throughout this extremely difficult time," the statement on the site said.

3rd woman identified

Tilley, 19, and Chitty, 20, had been abducted at the Kumasi Royal Golf Club at 8:25 p.m. local time on June 4, said a news release from the Ghana Police Service.

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Gunmen have abducted two Canadian women in Ghana 's commercial city of Kumasi, police said on Wednesday. “Police Command is investigating a complaint of kidnapping at Ahodwo, Kumasi Royal Golf Club, at 8 :25 pm on 4 June 2019, where two women of Canadian nationality were kidnapped

Authorities say two Canadian women who were abducted earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued . Ghana 's information ministry says the This was the second time in less than a month that foreigners were targeted in the city of Kumasi. An Indian national earlier was abducted and rescued .

Tilley is originally from Rothesay, N. B., a suburban community on the outskirts of Saint John. Chitty is from Amherst, N.S., a town that borders New Brunswick.

"Bailey and Lauren are receiving emotional and psychological support from professionals as they travel home," YCI said in the news release.

"Medical reports are that they are both physically unhurt. At this time, we are unable to comment on the police actions, the rescue or the perpetrators of the abduction."

2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued, 8 in custody after raid© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBC News has confirmed a third woman was also present at the time of the abductions. Luce Thériault is originally from New Brunswick and works at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton.

At a news conference Wednesday, Ghana's minister of information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, said the women have been flown to the capital, Accra.

He said security officers in Ghana surrounded the location where the women were held just before 5 a.m. local time. By 5:15 a.m., the team had "breached the premises" and gunshots were fired.

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ACCRA, Ghana — Authorities say two Canadian women who were abducted earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued . Ghana ’s information ministry says the rescue operation was completed early Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region. No other details are immediately available.

+ Security forces have rescued two Canadian women who were abducted in Ghana earlier this month, according to Ghana ’s information ministry. The two women were rescued early Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region, government officials said. They did not provide any additional details.

Five Ghanians and three Nigerians are in custody. One of the suspects sustained minor injuries.

Oppong-Nkrumah said an ongoing interrogation process will determine whether more arrests will be made.

He said one of the suspects might be linked to a separate kidnapping case involving multiple Ghanaian girls.

No ransom was paid

The ministry said no ransom was paid or discussed between the suspects and security agents in Ghana, and there was no foreign involvement in the operation.

"The Canadian team was in town to explore ways in which they could help, but that was not necessary," Oppong-Nkrumah said. "Our people on the ground have clarity on what to do. And the result is what you see currently."

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

"Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, and out of respect to these two Canadians who have been through harrowing experiences, no further information will be disclosed," spokesperson Guillaume Bérubé said by email.

The ministry has sought to assure travellers that the West African nation remains safe despite a recent uptick in kidnappings for ransom. The country has been considered one of the safest in the region for foreign travellers.

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Authorities say two Canadian women who were abducted earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued . Ghana 's information ministry says the rescue operation was completed early Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region. No other details are immediately available.

Two young Canadian women kidnapped as they left a taxi in Ghana last week have been rescued by security services. 'National Security Operatives in the early hours of Wednesday 12 June, 2019 completed an operation which successfully rescued the two Canadian women recently abducted in

Maritimes react to kidnapping

Political leaders in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were relieved Wednesday to learn Tilley and Chitty were found safe and unharmed.

Amherst Mayor David Kogon said "there are an awful lot of relieved people in the Amherst area."

"I just can't imagine the angst and now the relief that she's been rescued ... it's just not something you hear about in Amherst."

Although Kogon hasn't spoken directly with Chitty or her family, he said the town is grateful for authorities involved in her rescue.

"Unfortunately they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Health Minister and PC MLA Ted Flemming said Tilley resides in his riding of Rothesay.

"Who could be anything but fabulously relieved that she's been rescued?" he said. "It's a wonderful story, it's international."

Inside New Brunswick's Legislative Assembly, Green Party Leader David Coon became emotional while congratulating Ghana officials for their efforts in rescuing the two women.

"A lot of prayers have been said over the past week for these two young women and their families, today they were answered," Coon said.

CBC News also asked for an interview with UNB, which wouldn't comment about last week's kidnapping.

"The university will not be issuing anything publicly about this situation, and we ask our community to do the same," said university spokesperson Natasha Ashfield in an emailed statement.

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ACCRA, Ghana – Authorities say two Canadian women who were abducted earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued . Ghana 's information ministry says the rescue operation was completed early Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region. No other details are immediately available.

Authorities say two Canadian women who were abducted earlier this month in Ghana have been rescued . Ghana 's information ministry says the rescue operation was completed early Wednesday in the south-central Ashanti region.

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This marks the second time in about a month that foreigners have been targeted in Kumasi. Earlier, an Indian national was abducted and rescued.

Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, has vowed to crack down on kidnappers amid fears the abductions could harm tourism.

2 Canadian women abducted in Ghana rescued, 8 in custody after raid© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Francisca Forson, a freelance journalist in Accra, said the Ghana Tourism Authority that regulates the industry has shut down the hostel where the two Canadians were lodging after doing inspections.

"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," she said.

"So, there's efforts on the part of the authorities to ensure that foreigners do not feel unsafe and are able to come here."

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