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25 April 2024

Emirati missing for 10 days after fight

Salim Maatouq Al Housani (SUPPLIED)

By Staff

A 30-year-old Emirati man has been missing for nearly 10 days following a fight with two UAE nationals in Fujairah and police denied rumors he was dead.

Salim Maatouq Al Housani disappeared on December 28 after a scuffle with two men who attacked him using sticks and sharp objects for allegedly sending them offending texts to their mobile phones, reports said.

Housani, who works at the Awqaf (Islamic endowment) authority in Khor Fakkan, later managed to flee the two men but has not returned home yet.

“We are increasingly worried that something wrong might have happened to my brother…my ageing father and ill mother are now in a state of despair,” his elder brother, Ahmed said, quoted by the Dubai-based daily Emarat Alyoum.

Another brother, Ibrahim, said they received a text from Housani’s mobile phone on December 29 wondering where he was. “The message contained swearing and offences. It is impossible that my brother sent that message,” he said.

The paper quoted Major Saeed Al Hassaei, acting PR and media director in Fujairah police, as saying the disappearance of Housani is still under investigation and denied rumors that he could have died.

“What has been circulated in mobile phones that the police are neglecting this issue is untrue…we are exerting intensive efforts to find the missing man.”