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Police rescue kidnapped student

BUSINESS
By | June 17th 2009

By Cyrus Ombati

Police arrested three suspected kidnappers during a rescue of a student at Komarock Estate, Nairobi.

The Form One student at a local secondary school had been held hostage since Saturday as his kidnappers demanded Sh100,000 from his parents.

He told police and his parents the kidnappers tortured him for the four days they held him captive.

"They beat me up as they ordered me to talk to my parents to send the money or else they would kill me," he said.

Although the boy said his abductors gave him food during the period, he looked emaciated and shaken.

The student said he was shocked because he knew his abductors since they come from the area.

The alleged kidnappers first demanded Sh3 million ransom from the victim’s parents but scaled down to Sh100,000.

The boy’s parents raised Sh3,500 that they sent to the abductors on Sunday.

However, police rescued the boy yesterday at 10am from a secluded house in the estate.

Kayole OCPD Shadrack Maithya said they liaised with a mobile phone company to locate the boy.

"He was found being guarded by one of the kidnappers while the rest had left to wait for the money to be sent to their mobile phone," he said.

Police surrounded the house before storming. They found the boy locked in one of the rooms while the suspect monitored the victim from a different room.

Mungiki gang

The police chief said preliminary findings had established the suspects are followers of Mungiki gang and were interested in the money.

Cases of abduction are on the rise, especially in Nairobi’s Eastlands.

Police said yesterday they are investigating 10 such cases in which children have been reported missing. The suspects demand between Sh100,000 and Sh1 million before they release their victims.

Police appealed to the relatives of anyone who may be abducted not to pay any ransom but inform them.

"The problem with the parents is that they report to us after paying the criminals thus encouraging the crime, which is wrong," said a senior officer involved in the operations against kidnapping.

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