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Plucky boy escapes from his 2 captors

A FIFTH-GRADER reportedly kidnapped and held for ransom in south China has reunited with his family after he escaped from his captors, who were still at large yesterday.

The boy hired a taxi to return home in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province 31 hours after he was reported kidnapped by two motorcyclists near the gate of his school.

The boy's headmaster, surnamed Yang, said the boy was happy to be back but apparently was still in shock from the kidnapping, the Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday.

But he did say that while blindfolded, he used his fingernails to scratch the adhesive tape the kidnapers used to bind his hands until it broke on Thursday evening, according to Yang.

Yang said the boy removed the blindfold and found no one in the room. He then untied the tape on his feet, ran to the window and screamed for help.

The boy said he was treated fairly by the kidnappers.

"They cooked meals and asked me to go to sleep at bed time," said the boy. "They didn't seem rough except when they asked for ransom on the phone with my parents."

The boy's parents received phone calls asking for 1 million yuan (US$146,000) in ransom, which was a sign, the report said, that the kidnap was not well planned.

The boy's family is not rich and would not have been able to pay a ransom of that magnitude, according to the headmaster.


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