GHANA: Security forces rescue 2 Canadian hostages

Ghanaian forces have rescued two Canadian women who were kidnapped last week outside their hostel in Ghana’s city of Kumasi, the Ghanaian government said in a statement on Wednesday.

The women, aged 19 and 20, were volunteers for charity Youth Challenge International.

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Kidnappings were rare in Ghana until a spate of abductions late last year, most of them were carried out in demand for ransom.

BBC reported that the kidnap will be the second time in less than a month that foreigners will be targeted in the city of Kumasi. An Indian national earlier was abducted and rescued.

However, Ghana’s president Nana Akuffo-Ado has vowed to crack down on kidnappers amid fears the abductions could harm tourism while Canadian officials thanked the Ghana government for its cooperation in the resolution of the case.

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