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Are the authorities getting serious about kidnapping?

The influence of organised crime still goes high up in the Mozambican state

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo credit: Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Credit where credit is due: the kidnap in Maputo which we reported on yesterday has been dealt with by the Mozambican police, in dramatic fashion. The criminal investigation branch, Sernic, found the victim with his kidnappers and rescued him, shooting three suspected kidnappers in the process.

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Is this a sign that the authorities are getting serious about tackling kidnapping, or did the kidnappers simply tangle with the wrong man this time? There have certainly been occasions in the past of people being kidnapped who have the power to take on the criminal gangs. But the indications in this case are that the current interior minister, Arsénia Massingue, is prepared to confront the kidnappers head-on.

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