Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Canadians rescued by SWAT and safe after abduction in Ghana | Buzz travel

Canadians rescued by SWAT and safe after abduction in Ghana | Buzz travel

The families of the three kidnapped Takoradi girls are urging the Ghana government to show and apply the same energy and urgency used in finding the two Canadian women in rescuing their children as well. The two unnamed students, aged 19 and 20, were working as volunteers for a charity when they were seized....

Ghanaian Information Minister Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah denied that the abductors had been paid off, saying "there was no mention or discussion of ransom" during the rescue operation.

Bailey Chitty and Lauren Tilley are safe and physically unharmed, said Youth Challenge International, the Toronto-based non-profit the women were volunteering with.

Local media said the mastermind behind the attack was arrested in Togo a week ago.

According to the Information Minister's statement: "National Security Operatives in the early hours of Wednesday 12 June 2019 completed an operation which successfully rescued the two (2) Canadian women recently abducted in the Ashanti Region".

I would like to state without mincing words that, as at the time the National Security rescued the Canadian girls, the so called Canadian security experts were busily snoring in their beds and had no idea that, the National Security was on such mission.

The University of New Brunswick said it was "incredibly pleased" to see a successful resolution to the case but did not offer further comment.

"The heartfelt grief that two girls were kidnapped was very distressing, everyone was very upset", said David Kogon.

This incident marks the second time in only a month's time that foreigners were targeted in Kumasi.

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

"The country's risk profile has not changed", he said.

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