Kidnapped girl was not intended victim

Parents/Guardian should really walk their children to the bus if they are unable to send their children to school personally. There are so many crooks out there in our society nowadays and it is really unsafe for the children to be alone sometimes.

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Kidnapped girl was not intended victim

BY NELSON BENJAMIN

Source: TheStar Online, 12/05/2008

JOHOR BARU: A 13-year-old schoolgirl who was abducted and released after her family paid a ransom of RM80,000 recently was the kidnappers' secondary target. The primary target was the girl's elder sister, who had earlier given them the slip.

It is learnt that the kidnappers planned to abduct the 16-year-old near her home in Tampoi on April 28 but when she saw people following her at about 6.45am, she quickly boarded a school bus.

Sources said the kidnappers then changed their plan and waited for the younger girl, who attended the afternoon session, to walk to school with her friends.

Soon after snatching the younger girl, the kidnappers called the family, who own a restaurant, and demanded RM5mil in ransom.

The girl’s friends who witnessed the incident informed the school authorities and police.

Sources said the family negotiated with the kidnappers and agreed to pay RM80,000.

The money was handed to the kidnappers at an undisclosed location in Kuala Lumpur.

The girl was taken to the Pudu Raya bus terminal and put on a bus to Johor Baru after the ransom was paid.

It is learnt that the victim, who only had a few ringgit with her, arrived in Johor Baru and walked home alone in the wee hours of the morning the next day.

Police arrested 11 people in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, in connection with the kidnapping within hours of the ransom being paid.

It is learnt that part of the ransom money was also recovered.

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