Businessman kidnapped more than a week ago found dead in Maputo, Mozambique

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A businessman kidnapped more than a week ago was found dead at dawn on Tuesday in the province of Maputo, in southern Mozambique, a police source told Lusa.

“The kidnappers abandoned him on the public road and informed the family, who went there to get the body”, explained Lusa Henrique Mendes, spokesman for the National Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic) in the province of Maputo.

According to the police, the businessman, kidnapped on December 14, was abandoned in the area of ​​Txumene, on the outskirts of Maputo, and showed injuries and signs of aggression.

The businessman was kidnapped in front of one of his commercial establishments in Matola, by an armed group.

A video taken by surveillance cameras at the scene of the crime shows the exact moment when the group, made up of four men, drags the businessman towards a vehicle in broad daylight.

Maputo and other Mozambican cities, mainly the provincial capitals, have again been the scene of a wave of kidnappings since 2020, mainly targeting businessmen or their family members.

Between January and November, Mozambique recorded 11 kidnappings and 27 arrests related to the crimes, according to data provided by the Minister of the Interior, Arsénia Massingue.

In an assessment on crime, presented at the beginning of June, the Attorney General of the Republic of Mozambique, Beatriz Buchili, said that kidnapping crimes are increasing and criminal groups have cross-border ramifications, and they maintain cells in countries such as South Africa. .

According to the magistrate, there are victims “constant after blackmail” even after being released, who continue to pay sums of money to ensure that they are not kidnapped again.

Source: Correio da Manhã from

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