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Travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns that street crime is high, and that armed robbery, and what it calls "express kidnappings" - short-term abductions to extort money - also take place, and that tourists have been among those targeted; resistance to robbers had resulted in people being shot dead, it added.
A series of child abductions is also plaguing the city, executed by a creepy figure the media refers to as the Mad Hatter, named after his appearance.
Stretching over vast cattle estates at the foothills of the Andes, Barinas is known for two things: as the bastion of the family of President Hugo Chávez and as the setting for a terrifying surge in abductions, making it a contender for Latin America’s most likely place to get kidnapped.
Meanwhile, a Sudan government spokesman referred to the abductions as "piracy," reflecting speculation of a Chinese ransom payment in return for the workers' freedom.
Sudan Rebels Set to Free Chinese Hostages Nicholas Bariyo 2012
"The abductions are a state-sponsored crime," she says.
Even though the number appears high, the actual number of child abductions, that is those by strangers, non-family members, have seen a slight decrease.
Christ appeared as the apostles were taking Mary's body to the grave carried it with him up to heaven, where it was reunited with her It must be said that Mary's assumption, so sudden and perempbears some resemblance to an abduction, recalling abductions a older traditions than Christianity, when gods and fairies snatched artal beings for their pleasure.
Incubus Arensberg, Ann, 1937- 1999
The Greys assured us that the real purpose of the abductions was for monitoring of our civilization, and when we learned that the abductions were a lot more frequent and insidious than we were led to believe, the government became concerned.
The abductions were the third kidnapping of Europeans in Kenya in less than a month, and in all cases Somali gunmen are suspected.
Aguirre called the abductions "serious and without precedent in the Western Hemisphere."
Brownsville Herald : THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 2010