Abu Dhabi: A Turkish newspaper revealed the details of the kidnapping of a Qatari businessman and his friend from the Iskenderun district in the Turkish province of Hatay, before the police rescued them and arrested the gang that demanded a large ransom.
According to a report by the Haber Turk news site, the Turkish gang demanded a ransom of $400,000 from the family of the Qatari businessman, who was kidnapped on February 1, and had already received half the amount, and also threatened to transfer him to Syria if the rest of the ransom was not paid by the end of February.
The police raided the den of the gang that transported the two victims to the city of Adana, and arrested 5 of the 9-member gang, while efforts continue to arrest the others involved in the incident, according to the report.
A video clip published by the Turkish newspaper showed the police raid, the arrest of the kidnappers and the seizure of their belongings, including identity cards, passports, and bank cards, as well as the weapons they used to kidnap the victims.
The police returned the Qatari businessman and his friend to the Iskenderun area, in preparation for his return to Doha, while the fate of the money the gang got was not revealed.