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Ghana says its forces rescued two kidnapped Canadian women

13 June 2019

Security forces rescued two Canadian women who were kidnapped last week outside their hostel in Kumasi, Ghana's Information Minister said on Wednesday. The pairs were volunteers for Canadian charity Youth Challenger International (YCI), which named the women as Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty.

 GHANA MINISTER OF INFORMATION, KOJO OPPONG NKRUMAH said "The holding place of the victims was subsequently surrounded just before 5 a.m. (0500 GMT) this morning and by 5.15 a.m. (0515 GMT) the joint team had breached the premises with the hope of rescuing the women. Gunshots were fired from within the premises but the brief we have is that it took about 25 minutes to complete this operation. At the end of the operation, the two Nigerians who were holding the women had been subdued and a third Nigerian believed to be the leader of a gang was arrested later at a separate location.""Five Ghanaians and three Nigerians are in custody for this incident. One of the suspects is reported to have sustained minor injuries, other investigations and possible arrests are still ongoing."

The minister also confirmed the women had been flown to the capital, Accra, where they have been in touch with Canadian authorities.