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Hong Kong police launch manhunt after kidnap gang flee with ransom

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Image caption Correspondents say when Hong Kong was a British territory there were a number of high-profile kidnappings

Hong Kong police have launched a city-wide hunt for a group of six men accused of robbery and kidnapping.

The men broke into an apartment in the Tseung Kwan O region on Saturday, stole valuables and abducted a 29-year-old woman, authorities said.

They demanded ransom and the woman's family paid 28 million Hong Kong dollars ($3.6m; £2.3m) for her release, local media said.

The woman - who has not been identified - was found safe unharmed on Tuesday.

Police have released descriptions of four of the men and made a public appeal to find them. They have also placed roadblocks on major routes to prevent them from leaving Hong Kong.

The men escaped in a white car after collecting the ransom payment, authorities said.

The BBC's Juliana Liu in Hong Kong says when the territory was still a British colony, a number of high-profile kidnappings targeting the city's richest families shocked the public.

Since reverting to Chinese rule, such cases have become much rarer, she adds.

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