Kidnappings Targeting Learners Spark Concern in Harare

By Staff Reporter

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has expressed deep concern over a series of kidnappings that have targeted learners in recent days.

The police in Harare are currently investigating three separate incidents involving the abduction of school children, as well as an additional case involving a woman.

Authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and report any relevant information to the nearest police station.

In the first incident, which took place on 29 May 2023 in Glenview, the ZRP says a grade six pupil, aged 11, was kidnapped while on their way to school.

Four unidentified individuals, traveling in a black Toyota Noah, seized the young student at approximately 6:30 a.m., the victim was later found abandoned along 13th Avenue in Glenview 3.

In a disturbing turn of events, another case of kidnapping occurred near the Chengetanai Old People’s Home in Chinhoyi on 30 May 2023.

This time, a grade seven learner, aged 12, was forcibly taken by three unknown suspects who were traveling in a white kombi. The young student was eventually found dumped in Avlon Park.

Adding to the growing concern, a 44-year-old woman from Harare became the latest victim of abduction on 25 May 2023.

After boarding a kombi at Copa Cabana Rank with the intention of traveling to Dzivarasekwa, the woman was kidnapped by three unidentified males.

The perpetrators later discarded the victim at Maringire Village in Chivi on 28 May 2023, claiming that she was “too old” for their intended purposes.

These alarming incidents have sent shockwaves through the community, leaving parents, teachers, and local residents deeply worried about the safety of their children.

The ZRP has called upon anyone with information about these abductions to come forward and report it to the nearest police station urging citizens to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their loved ones.

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