Police thwart kidnappers in Athens

A 45-year-old nightclub photographer was snatched off the street and dragged into a vehicle by unknown assailants outside his home in the southern Athenian suburb of Palaio Faliro in the early hours of Monday before being found later in the car in the neighborhood of Vyronas, near the capital’s center.

Following a chase by police the would-be kidnappers, who had stabbed the photographer, abandoned the vehicle and fled. The victim is currently in hospital as police search for his assailants.