Two Canadian women kidnapped in Kumasi, Ghana, say authorities

Two Canadian women, ages 19 and 20, who were volunteering for a charity in Ghana, were kidnapped at gunpoint Tuesday evening outside their apartment, according to reports.

The two women – students at Kumasi Technical University – were outside their apartment in the Ahodwo district in the country’s second largest city of Kumasi around 8 p.m. when the gunmen grabbed them and bundled into a car.

Police told the BBC that the two women, who have not been identified, were volunteers with Youth Challenge International, a Toronto-based international development organization.

“Security agencies are working closely together to get them rescued, and the perpetrators arrested,” said David Eklu, Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed the abductions and said Canadian officials were working with authorities in Ghana and were in touch with the families of the two women.

Ghana’s President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has vowed to take a tougher line on kidnappers after a spate on abductions in the country.

In April an Indian man was seized in Kumasi by an armed gang demanding a ransom. He was later rescued in a police raid.

Before that, a consular-general believed to be Estonian was abducted while out on a morning walk. Both men were either rescued by police or escaped, local media reported.

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