Mozambicans take to streets to protest wave of kidnappings, demand government action

A wave of kidnappings and other violent crimes in Mozambique has alarmed its citizens, some of whom demonstrated against what they charge is negligence by authorities who are struggling to restore security.

Thousands marched in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, on Thursday, urging the government to do more to stop crime and even accusing rogue police officers of involvement.

The demonstration followed the recent kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old boy whose body was later found in the central port city of Beira. Some of the boy's body parts had been removed, allegedly for witchcraft rituals.

The nation's parliament has condemned the kidnappings. In many cases, kidnappers have targeted businessmen and their families and demanded ransoms.