New kidnapping of Muslim businessman in Mozambique
The owner of a Mozambican fruit juice company has been kidnapped, the latest in a string of abductions mainly targeting Muslim businessmen.
MAPUTO - The owner of a Mozambican fruit juice company has been kidnapped, the latest in a string of abductions mainly targeting Muslim businessmen, police said on Tuesday.
Ibrahim Gani went missing Saturday from his upmarket home in suburban Matola, Maputo police spokesman Joao Machava told AFP.
"He received a phone call from someone at his home. He then left with that person," said Machava. Gani has not been heard from since.
"The police are working on it. We do not want to reveal more at this stage because we do not want to put our investigation at risk," Machava added.
This is the 15th kidnapping confirmed by authorities in the Maputo area since late 2011, with most of the victims coming from South Asian families.
In some cases families have paid ransoms of several million US dollars to free their loved ones, Mozambican attorney general Augusto Paulino said earlier this month.
Machava said he did not know if Gani's family had received any demands from the kidnappers.
Last week the country's top police commander, Jorge Khalau said authorities had the kidnapping situation under control -- although no arrests have been made.