Colombia: Attempt to kidnap Escobar brother foiled

October 2, 2010 06:22


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BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombian police foiled an attempt to abduct the brother of slain narco kingpin Pablo Escobar, authorities said Friday.

Roberto Escobar was traveling with family and bodyguards near his home in Medellin Thursday night when they were intercepted by would-be kidnappers, Police Gen. Jesus Guatibonza said.

Around the same time, police received anonymous phone tips about a possible kidnapping attempt, according to Guatibonza. Officers were dispatched to the route Escobar habitually uses to get home and arrived while the kidnapping attempt was in progress.

Police killed one suspect and wounded another, who was taken into custody. Two officers were also wounded.

Guatibonza said the kidnappers were believed to be from a band of common criminals.

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