Abducted Canadian Girls Rescued in Kumasi

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Youth Challenge International, the organization the women volunteered for, identified the victims as Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty, but no other identifying information was revealed.

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.

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 Government of Canada earlier cautioned its citizens of potential violent crimes in Ghana following the abduction of two of its nationals in Kumasi.

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.

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According to the information minister, five Ghanians and three Nigerians are under arrest.

"Out of respect to these two Canadians who have been through harrowing experiences, no further information will be disclosed", he said. Berube said consular officials were providing support for Tilley and Chitty and for their families. "Equally, the pleasure at finding out they were rescued and apparently physically unharmed is great".

"We would like to thank the Government of Ghana for their cooperation in the resolution of this case", the statement said. The country has been considered one of the safest in the region for foreign travellers.

Local media reported the rescue took place at Sawaba a suburb of Kumasi by a combined team of police SWAT and National Security Operatives.

"Ghana's safety and risk profiles remain largely unchanged despite recent events in the sub-region".

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