The Maputo police foiled the attempted abduction of an as-yet undisclosed member of the public at around 9:00 PM yesterday.
According to the Folha de Mapto, the attempt was made by a gang of four would-be kidnappers in two vehicles.
Noticing the presence of a police vehicle patrolling the area (Av. Hamed Sekou Toure), the kidnappers abandoned their plan and fled. Gunfire was exchanged during the ensuing chase.
Two individuals carrying AKM-type weapons were seriously injured in the exchange of fire, with two more escaping in another vehicle.
One of the criminals shot and arrested is thought to be a Zimbabwean citizen wanted by the police for his involvement in other kidnappings in Maputo.
The police are continuing their hunt for the remaining members of the gang.
According to the same source, the commander of the PRM in Maputo city, Bernardino Rafael has told the press today that although investigations are still underway, police is certain that the man about to be kidnapped wasn’t an ordinary citizen.: “This [the would-be victim] is not just any driver, but at this time we are working to clarify this case and to find the two criminals who ran away to hold them accountable,” he said.