Mozambique: Businessman Kidnapped in Maxixe

Maputo — A criminal gang on Friday night kidnapped one businessman of Asian origin in the city of Maxixe in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane and shot a second who resisted when they were dragging him to their car.

The Inhambane Provincial Police Commander, Augusto Bobo, cited by Radio Mozambique, said the kidnapping happened at about 21h00 on Friday night. There were seven members in kidnap gang who attacked the businessmen in the place where they were meeting.

The man shot, Subachandre Arquisandash took a bullet in his thigh and was treated in the nearby Chicuque Hospital. His life is out of danger and he has been transported to South Africa for further treatment. The second businessman, Balesh Socopol, is still in the hands of his captors.

It is believed that the kidnappers' main target was Arquisandash who owns three service stations and a hotel in Maxixe.

"This is a very serious situation," said Bobo. He declined to say whether the police have any clues as to the whereabouts of the criminals and their victim. He promised that police will do all in their power to rescue Socopol and bring the kidnappers to justice.

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