Farm attackers flee with child

A group of armed men fled with an eight-year-old boy after attacking farm workers on a farm at Klipkop near Brits on Saturday night, 27 June. The traumatised child was later found in bushes about 200 m from where he was taken.

“The group of farm workers were sitting around a fire shortly after 22:00 when four armed men appeared. They fired random shots and assaulted the farm workers, demanding money and cellphones. After they robbed the workers, they grabbed the boy en fled into the bushes,” said Chris Degenaar of Tactical K9 Africa, a rural safety service.

“We received an emergency call and rushed to the scene. After establishing that the farm workers were not seriously injured, Tactical K9 members immediately went out searching for the child and the attackers. About 200 m from where the attack took place, they heard a child screaming and found the severely traumatised boy in the bushes where the attackers had left him.” The child was unharmed.

Degenaar said the security members lost the attackers’ spoor in the bushes.

The gang fled with money and cellphones.

“We suspect it is the same gang that has been terrorising farmers and farm workers in the area for the past month. They also attacked farm workers at a nearby farm last weekend.”

The police were on the scene and are looking for the attackers.

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