UNKNOWN ASSAILANT KIDNAPS FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY

SWAZILAND: KIDNAPPING/TIMES OF SWAZILAND/4/5/18 SABANews 1

TIMPHISINI – A FIVE-year-old boy is missing after a masked man allegedly kidnapped him while playing with other children in the MSAHWENI Area of SWAZILAND.

The TIMES OF SWAZILAND says the kids were playing near their home when the assailant pounced and grabbed NKHOSINAYE DLAMINI early this week.

It says the dreadlocked suspect, dressed in black, and covering his face, took the boy and ran away, leaving his friends terrified.

The children ran away and reported the matter to their elders before members of the community launched a search of the boy, but could not find him.

His mother, LUNGILE TSABEDZE, says she recently moved to the homestead with NKHOSINAYE after marrying another man.

She says the incident has shocked her, and she only hopes her son, who was a pupil at a local preschool, is still alive wherever he is.

The latest kidnapping comes amid reports of ritual killings being common in SWAZILAND and elsewhere in AFRICA, with practitioners of traditional medicine and witchcraft using body parts./Sabanews/cam

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