Kidnappers Kill Son of Herat Businessman After Ransom Paid
 
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The son of a Herat businessman has been killed by his captors 35 days after he was kidnapped and held for ransom, local officials said Thursday.

The father of the boy said the kidnappers had initially asked him to pay US$400,000 for his son's release. This was negotiated down to US$90,000, which he paid, but the boy was still killed and buried - probably in order to protect their identities, the father told TOLOnews.

A number of Herat province residents brought the unearthed body of the boy before the governor's office and demanded harsh punishments for the perpetrators.

Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi, acting police commander of Herat province, told TOLOnews that the boy was kidnapped near his house 35 days ago. The police have detained six men and two women as key persons in the kidnapping, with one person still missing.

"We detained six men and two women in connection with this and they have confessed their crime," Hamidi said.

Cases of kidnappings in Herat have dropped in the last two months compared to six months ago, however the recent incident has reignited concerns for the ruthless criminal behaviour.

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