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Man arrested in Turkey after Saudi woman kidnapped

The Saudi tourist was found earlier this week after being missing for over a week

Man arrested in Turkey after Saudi woman kidnapped
Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey recently warned its citizens to exercise caution after unidentified gunmen robbed and shot at a group of Saudis in Istanbul.

A man suspected of being involved in the kidnapping of a Saudi tourist in Istanbul has been arrested by Turkish police, according to media reports.

On Monday, the Saudi embassy announced that the Saudi tourist – Abeer Al Enzi – had been found on August 26, over a week after she vanished while travelling in Turkey with her husband and children.

She was reportedly kidnapped while shopping in the Turkish capital.

According to Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News, Turkish police have now apprehended a man suspected of involvement in the kidnapping. He was caught while negotiating a ransom payment with Al Enzi’s brother.

A video circulated online shows the two men sitting at what appears to be an outdoor café when a white van pulls up. Two plainclothes security agents then get out of the van and swiftly apprehend the suspect.

Earlier in August, Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Turkey warned its citizens to exercise caution after unidentified gunmen robbed and shot at a group of Saudis in Istanbul.

The tourists were at a café in the city’s Sisli district when gunmen stole their belonging and shot at them with a firearm. One Saudi was reportedly wounded in the incident.

In July, Saudi officials issued another alert for citizens travelling in the country, following a spate of thefts of Saudi passports.

At the time, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported that a total of 165 Saudi passports were stolen from three tourist areas in Istanbul over a four month period.