Agence France-PresseApril 17, 2013 11:02
Kidnappers in Madagascar are demanding $320,000 to free a French hostage, despite admitting they had intended to snatch his colleague, police said Wednesday.
Francois Raphael, director of construction firm Henri Fraise, was kidnapped from his car by four balaclava-clad men armed with a Kalashnikov and an automatic pistol on Monday evening.
The kidnappers contacted his wife on Tuesday and apologised, saying they had wanted to kidnap the company's chairman who is currently in New York.
But the gang is still seeking a ransom for his release.