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A citizen identified as Carlos Camurdine was kidnapped yesterday evening as he was leaving his commercial establishment in the city of Maputo. The incident happened at around 6:20 p.m., when Camurdine, who was accompanied by a police officer, was dragged by two unidentified individuals into a grey Toyota ‘Escova’.
The kidnappers fired two warning shots into the air as a means of advertising the fact that an abduction by armed men was underway, O País reports.
Witnesses told O País that the kidnapping took place very quickly.
“It all happened very quickly,” one witness said. “When the owner left, we just heard shots and then a car sped off. In fact, it took less than two minutes. The car drove off toward Avenida 10 de Novembro.”
Another witness said that the police officer had no time to react after the shots fired by the kidnappers. “After the shots, the agent tried to react, but without success, because the owner of the establishment had already been taken into the kidnappers’ vehicle,” the witness said.
There was immediate commotion among the employees of the Samsung store, which sells appliances and electronic devices. O País tried to obtain some comment from them, but without success.
Police arrived at the crime scene in search of information relevant to investigations about 20 minutes later. By the time our reporting team left the scene, the police were still in place and officers of SERNIC, the investigative branch of the police, had also arrived.
By Fidelton EmídioSource: O País