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Abducted North Darfuri student released

August 11 - 2015 KABKABIYA
Kabkabiya town lies west of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.
Kabkabiya town lies west of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur.

Militiamen have released a student kidnapped in Kabkabiya, North Darfur, on Monday, after his family paid a ransom. His father was abducted by the kidnappers three weeks ago but escaped.

16-year-old Mohamed Suleiman Sharif was in the hands of the kidnappers for four days, from Friday to Monday. “Mohamed returned to us on Monday evening in Kabkabiya,” a family member informed Radio Dabanga.

On Friday, the militiamen stormed the house where the secondary school student Mohamed lives, grabbed him, and took him in their Land Cruiser to an area called Jebali Jelli, 32km north of Kabkabiya. 'Brokers' who appeared in Mohamed's neighbourhood after the abduction demanded the relatives to pay SDG25,000 ($4,100) for his release.

The kidnappers settled for a payment of SDG22,000 ($3,590) on Monday and released Mohamed from Jebali Jelli.

The family members said that the abduction of Mohamed took place three weeks after the kidnappers took his father to an unknown location. He works as a livestock merchant. The father managed to flee the kidnappers, but has not returned home so far, and nobody knows his whereabouts.

“The militiamen then stormed his house and kidnapped his son because of his escape,” the family member believes. The recent abductions have created tension in the neighbourhood.

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