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CanadaEdmonton Uber driver allegedly kidnapped and shot by extortionists

21:31  14 july  2019
21:31  14 july  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Edmonton Uber driver allegedly kidnapped and shot by extortionists© File/Global News An Edmonton police service vehicle.

A man was sitting inside his Uber vehicle Saturday evening when he was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint in southeast Edmonton.

Edmonton police said it happened around 5 p.m. in a restaurant parking lot near 42 Avenue and 66 Street.

It was reported to police that while sitting in his parked vehicle, three unidentified male suspects kidnapped the man at gunpoint, forcing him into a 2019 Dodge Ram truck.

The suspects were not passengers of the Uber driver, police said.

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Police said the suspects drove the man to various locations, including a bank in southeast Edmonton, in an attempt to extort money from him.

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The driver , who was identified as 51-year-old Kuldeep Thakur, was reportedly shot in the head and chest, and the attack, as reported by NDTV, was carried out Kuldeep’s body was found this morning, a day after he was shot , when a passerby noticed blood and an abandoned Uber car, reported NDTV.

One of the suspects then allegedly shot the kidnapped man in the leg, after attempts to extort money from him were unsuccessful.

The abductors then abandoned the injured man in the truck near 128 Avenue and 89 Street in north Edmonton and fled the scene on foot, police said.

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The man's cries for help were heard by nearby residents, who called the police. The man was taken by paramedics to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Edmonton police, or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers.

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