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Pakistan busts ‘Facebook’ kidnap gang

Pakistani authorities have busted a gang that kidnapped young men for ransom after a female member first lured them on Facebook and over telephone.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2013 11:27 IST

Pakistani authorities have busted a gang that kidnapped young men for ransom after a female member first lured them on Facebook and over telephone.

According to TV reports, the gang -- which included a lawyer, his wife, the son of a policeman and four others -- was active in the industrial town of Gujranwala in central Punjab province and was traced by tracking phone calls.

A senior police official said a woman gang member was assigned to lure young men on Facebook and phone and then invite them for dates. Once the men reached for the assignation, other members of the gang would kidnap them.

According to the official, they have proof that two men had been kidnapped through this modus operandi and their families later paid ransom amounts worth millions of rupees.

Pakistan earlier this month cracked down on 'immoral' love chat services offered by mobile phone companies. In 2010, Pakistan shut down Facebook for nearly two weeks over blasphemy claims and continues to restrict hundreds of online links, the report added.