Mozambique: Nine Year Old Child Kidnapped in Beira

Three masked gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped a nine year old child in the central Mozambican city of Beira, according to a report on the independent television station STV.

The child, whose name has not been released, is the grandson of a Beira businessman, who owns a shop called “Motichande”.

The kidnappers seized the child from outside his home in the neighbourhood of Ponta-Gea as he was preparing to leave for school in the company of his younger brother.

“There were three of them, and they parked in front of the businessman’s home”, said an eye-witness. “Two of them stepped out of the car. They were masked and carrying a pistol. It was all very quick. They grabbed the child closest to them and dragged him into their car. It was a grey Toyota Nadia, with the number plats covered with white paper”.

They attempted to abduct the second child too, but he escaped and ran from them, shouting for help.

The kidnappers demanded the keys of the car the children would have used to go to school, but the driver, Antonio Chinai, resisted. One of the bandits then shot Chinai in the left leg, took control of the car and sped off at high speed, heading towards the centre of the city.

Chinai was taken to Beira Central Hospital. A spokesperson for the hospital later said that Chinai was out of danger.

It is not yet clear whether the kidnappers have contacted the family to demand a ransom.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique