Mozambique sees kidnap escalation
13 February 2014
According to Interior Minister, Alberto Mondlane, the Mozambican police recorded 64 kidnapping incidents between July 2011 and September 2013. He added that kidnappings were a new phenomenon that had deeply shocked Mozambican society.
In one incident, a man recently escaped a kidnapping attempt as he was driving towards his place of work at Condo, Maputo. In an organised attack, two cars worked together to stop him on the highway. An armed man then appeared at the driver’s door and forced him out of his car. Luckily, an unmarked police car appeared, and following a shootout, three kidnappers were arrested.
The Mozambican parliament has recently approved a bill to increase the penalties for kidnapping.
Mexico, Nigeria and Afghanistan
According to figures released by la Secretaria Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica (SESNSP) the number of reported kidnappings in Mexico rose by 32% in the first eleven months of 2013 with 1,583 reported cases.
Other countries featuring heavily in kidnap reports for 2013 include Afghanistan, where incidences of kidnap in the capital Kabul are becoming more prevalent.
Nigeria has had numerous kidnap and ransom incidents both on land and offshore in recent months.