'WhatsApp report on kids abduction rumour'

Reports circulated on WhatsApp that a gang is abducting children from their homes in the Eastern port of Khorfakkan are baseless as such a gang does not exist, the emirate’s police commander said in press comments published on Thursday.

Brigadier Saif Al Zari said he was reacting to recent reports circulated on social media, mainly on WhatsApp, that a gang targeted houses where children are left alone when their parents go out for shopping or other purposes.

“These reports are baseless and are intended to create public confusion…there is no such a gang and we have not received any report about a child kidnapping,” he said, quoted by the Arabic language daily Albayan.

He said social media users should not spread such “misleading” rumors which cause confusion and panic among the residents.

“We call on residents not to believe such rumors and on those who spread such baseless reports to stop these actions because they will hamper our efforts in maintaining security,” he said.


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