Kidnapped Canadian women rescued by police in Ghana

Ghana security forces rescue Canadian women hostages

Ghana security forces rescue Canadian women hostages

Police say later rescued him.

According to freelance journalist Francisca Forson, two people have been arrested and the Information Ministry will be holding a news conference at 3 pm GMT to provide more information about the rescue operation. One of the suspects sustained minor injuries. "It's the interrogation that will determine who the masterminds are".

Ghanaian police rescued the young women, aged 19 and 20, early Wednesday morning in the country's south-central Ashanti Region, according to the Ministry of Information.

Oppong-Nkrumah said a Canadian "team" had been in Ghana to offer help in the rescue, but it was not necessary because Ghanaian forces had the situation under control. "And the result is what you see now". Berube said consular officials were providing support for Tilley and Chitty and for their families.

"Out of respect to these two Canadians who have been through harrowing experiences, no further information will be disclosed", he said.

"Citizens and travellers are once again assured that Ghana remains safe", the ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Government is assuring representatives of foreign missions in the country of their safety, in spite of the recent kidnappings and abduction being reported in some parts of the country.

Kidnappings were rare in Ghana until a spate of abductions late past year, a lot of them for ransom.

"The university will not be issuing anything publicly about this situation, and we ask our community to do the same", said spokesperson Natasha Ashfield in an emailed statement.

The police said they had "actionable intelligence" against Ofosu-Ampofo, the national chairman of the National Democratic Congress, the country's largest opposition party. In April, an Indian businessman was abducted in Kumasi and rescued by police within 24 hours.

Nana Afuko-Addo, Ghana's president, has pledged to crack down on kidnappers amid fears that the upswing in abductions could harm their tourism industry.