12 year old boy Muhammad al-katheeri’s brilliant presence of mind helped him get away from the trap of the kidnappers. His courageous attempt to get free was an inspiration for all. He was locked up in an empty and a huge mosque in the Makah region. However, he was lucky enough to escape after a few hours of his kidnapping. He was kidnapped by two young Saudis who wanted the ransom of SR50000. The kidnappers were not lucky enough to run away and were arrested by the police. The kidnappers had an old dispute with Al-katheeri’s father and kidnapped him to settle the matter as the reports stated.
His grandfather stated that it all happened on a Sunday morning at 11 when Al-katheeri was returning home from school. A Toyota Hilux pickup stopped in front of him as soon as he crossed the road to reach home. There were two young men, who got out wearing masks and gloves, forcibly pushed him in the car and drove. As soon as they reached a football ground, the kidnappers stopped and went in another Hilux which was stolen. The 12 year old courageous boy stated that the kidnappers tied his hands with a plastic rope, covered his face with a black plastic sheet and chained his feet with iron rings. They then took him to a distant area and kept him in the mosque that was already empty since 15 years.
Muhammad literally screamed and begged for hours and hours, but no one came for help. The kidnappers forced and ordered him to call his father and ask for SR 50,000. Since the kidnappers wanted to contact al-katheeri’s father from another mobile phone, they had to leave that place till the time they found a new mobile phone. Before leaving that place, they threatened Al-Katheeri of killing him if he even thought about or tried to escape. Feeling scared at first, he kept silent and sat without moving.
Al-katheeri stated that by afternoon around 4pm, he somehow managed to remove the chains from his feet and unfasten his hands. He opened the door of the mosque forcefully then managed to climb the wall of the mosque courtyard that was 1.5 meter high and was successful in running around half a kilometre where he reached the highway. He then waited for some lift, and suddenly found a Yemeni driver who accepted to take him back home safely.
Meanwhile, since Al-katheeri was still missing from his home, his father called the police official and registered a complaint. Soon after his complaint, several security patrol teams were out in search for Katherine that finally resulted in the arrest of the culprit. The spokesman of Makah police ati al-quraishi said, that the kidnappers confessed to their major crime. The criminals even said that they simply wanted to punish Katheeri’s father and thought of taking revenge by kidnapping his son. This serious issue was referred to the bureau of investigation and public prosecution.
Source: Al Arabiya
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