Kidnappers demand 90 million meticais, about 1.88 million US dollars

The kidnappers of businessman Abdul Razak Abdula (known as Razak) in the western Mozambican city of Tete have demanded from his family a ransom of 90 million meticais (about 1.88 million US dollars, at current exchange rates).

Razak was kidnapped at about 04.00 last Friday morning as he was driving to a Tete mosque. His kidnappers used two Toyota Prada vehicles, without number plates. The operation was rapid, with the kidnappers blocking Razak’s vehicle and forcing him. Razak’s car was abandoned in the Tete neighbourhood of Chingodzi.

“The kidnappers did not give Abdul Razak time to seek help, because everything was so quick. Now we are being contacted from cell phone numbers that we don’t know with demands for 90 million meticais to release him”, said a source in the family, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the press officer of the Tete provincial police command, Lurdes Ferreira, said “as soon as we learnt of the kidnap, we began operations to rescue the victim and arrest the kidnappers”.

Razak is well known in Tete because he owns a shop and a warehouse which sell basic goods at cheap prices.

With the mineral boom in Tete, Razak expanded his activities into real estate, building a hotel known as the “Residencial Abdula” in the Matema neighborhood, on the north bank of the Zambezi.

Source: AIM

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