The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 22, 2012
 

China arrests 90 over child abductions: State media

 
 

BEIJING (AFP) - Police have arrested 90 gang suspects across China and freed 28 children who were allegedly kidnapped from the far west and taken to various cities to steal, the China Daily said on Thursday.

"Suspected gang members 'beat, abused or threatened' these young children to force them to steal and rob in public places," it quoted the Ministry of Public Security spokesman Mr Huang Shihai as saying.

The locations ranged from shopping centres to underpasses and railway stations, he said.

Authorities carried out the operation last month in Beijing and various provinces around the country as part of a campaign launched in April last year that has netted 2,700 suspects and rescued 2,300 children.