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03 December 2023

Cops free Turkish boy abducted for ransom

By Staff

Saudi police freed a nine-year-old Turkish boy abducted by a Pakistani and an Afghan in the Gulf Kingdom for a $150,000 (Dh500,000) ransom.

Police said they raided a house where the captors kept the boy and freed him unharmed, adding that the two men were arrested. They said an accomplice living abroad contacted the boy’s father to pay the ransom.

The two confessed that they had watched the boy for a few days before snatching him near his house in the Western Red Sea port of Jeddah.

“They said they know his father is wealthy and that they only wanted money,” Sada newspaper said, quoting Jeddah police chief Major General Abdullah Al Qahtani.

He said the Pakistani works in Saudi Arabia and is aged 21 years while the 20-year-old Afghan is staying illegally in the oil-rich Kingdom.