HK hunts kid­nap­pers who fled with ‘mil­lions’

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hong Kong po­lice were hunt­ing for up to six men who kid­napped a woman then re­port­edly fled with mil­lions in ran­som af­ter their hostage was res­cued, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day.

Po­lice re­port­edly placed road­blocks on ma­jor high­ways and tun­nels in the fi­nan­cial hub af­ter res­cu­ing the uniden­ti­fied 29-year-old woman, as lo­cal me­dia said her rel­a­tives paid HK$28 mil­lion (US$3.61 mil­lion) for her re­lease.

Au­thor­i­ties said the kid­nap­ping took place Satur­day, along with the theft of around HK$2 mil­lion worth of valu­ables from a res­i­den­tial unit in the re­mote Tse­ung Kwan O re­gion.

“The woman was suc­cess­fully res­cued yes­ter­day night, she was not in­jured,” the po­lice state­ment said Wed­nes­day.

The state­ment said the search is on for “five to six Chi­nese men that are sus­pected to have es­caped with the ran­som money.”

The sus­pects had de­manded up to HK$50 mil­lion for the uniden­ti­fied woman’s re­lease, but set­tled on HK$28 mil­lion, with the money handed over late Tues­day, the South China Morn­ing Post re­ported.

Video footage on Ca­ble News showed a po­lice he­li­copter hov­er­ing over the Tse­ung Kwan O area, from where the woman was kid­napped, around mid­night.

The south­ern Chi­nese city of seven mil­lion peo­ple is con­sid­ered to be safe, with vi­o­lent crimes in 2014 fall­ing al­most ten per­cent from 2013.

Rob­beries also fell 38.2 per­cent to 309 cases in 2014, com­pared to fig­ures from 2013.

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