Asian man found ’strapped with bombs’

April 27th, 2009 - 4:29 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 27 (IANS) British police have rescued an Asian-origin man who was found trapped in a car Sunday, gagged and with gas canisters strapped to him.
The man, a reported kidnap victim, was found in a terrified state inside a tiny two-door car in the city of Birmingham.

Hostage negotiators tried to make contact with the man throughout the day before he was freed by police.

Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan said that there was a “criminal motive intended to frighten the man,” who was bound and had gas canisters the size of beer cans strapped to his abdomen.

The unnamed man from Birmingham was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Ayoub Khan, cabinet member for community safety at Birmingham City Council, said that a witness had told him that the man in the car was of Asian origin and in his 30s.

“He said he was foaming at the mouth. He said he was not dead, but looked unconscious. He tried to speak to him but he couldn’t so he alerted the police,” Khan said.

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