Canadians kidnapped in Ghana, Global Affairs Canada says

Canadian officials working alongside local authorities, in touch with families

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that Canadian citizens have been kidnapped in Ghana. (CBC)

Global Affairs Canada is confirming reports that Canadian citizens have been kidnapped in Ghana.

Local media have reported that two women were abducted in Kumasi, a major city in central Ghana.

GAC did not confirm specifics or offer information about the number of people abducted, citing security concerns.

Canadian officials are working with local authorities and are in touch with the families of the individuals who were abducted, Global Affairs said.

It’s the second kidnapping in the area in recent months.

In April, an Indian national was abducted at gunpoint and held for ransom. He was later rescued in a police raid.

Kidnappings in this area are not commonplace but analysts suggest this latest incident is more likely linked to criminal gangs seeking a swift ransom payoff than more militant groups.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been adamant that his government will not facilitate payments to such groups, while his predecessor Stephen Harper publicly denied paying any ransoms.

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