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15-year-old girl abducted by father and armed men

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16:48 CET+01:00
A 15-year-old girl, taken into custody by social services last week, was removed on Sunday from her foster home by four armed men, one of which was her father.

”I can confirm that we are dealing with a case of abduction. I can't disclose more than that due to the sensitive nature of the case,” said Johan Frisk of the Jönköping police to daily Aftonbladet.

According to the paper, the girl came to Sweden with her parents a few years ago.

She was removed from her home last week after social services found out that her father had been beating her. Local authorities placed her in a foster home in the nearby community of Sävsjö.

But on Sunday four men armed with guns and axes turned up at the foster home looking for the 15-year-old. After overpowering and tying up the foster parents the men took off with the girl.

”It could be honour-related,” an anonymous source told the paper.

Several police patrols were called out to the area but police are not willing to disclose any particulars about the case at this stage in the investigation.

Neither the municipality authorities where the girl lives nor the administrative court in nearby Jönköping wanted to elaborate on the case when Aftonbladet contacted them.

According to the detention order the father is suspected of abduction, deprivation of liberty, two cases of assault and threatening behaviour. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Sunday evening.

His legal representation could not shed more light on his whereabouts.

”I have not been in contact with him and I don't know where he is,” said Conny Rydberg, the father's lawyer, to Aftonbladet.

According to Aftonbladet's anonymous source the girl could already have left the country.

”It is not unlikely that the girl will be taken abroad,” the source revealed to the paper.

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