11-year-old boy foils kidnappers

Police in central Greece were yesterday seeking three Albanians suspected of having kidnapped an 11-year-old boy in a bid to wrest a 100,000-euro ransom from his father. The boy was recovering from his ordeal yesterday with his parents, after managing to elude his captors early on Wednesday. Police believe the kidnappers were Albanian nationals, one of whom had worked for the boy’s father in the past as a farm hand. A spokesman said detectives were in close contact with their Albanian colleagues to ensure that the suspects were arrested should they succeed in crossing the border to their homeland. The 11-year-old was abducted from the village of Arma in Viotia around midday on Tuesday by three men who asked him to show them the way to a local farmhouse. But once at the building, they grabbed the boy, tied him up and left him there alone. The child took advantage of his captors’ absence to bite through his bonds, and made his way back home. Hours later, the kidnappers called the boy’s father again, lowering their demand to 30,000 euros.