Children snatched from their father

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Police in the small community of Åmli in southern Norway were searching for two young teenaged sisters this week, after they were taken from their father’s home in what’s been described as a violent kidnapping.

Several persons stormed into the house well after midnight on Sunday, assaulted the father, bound his arms and legs with tape and then kicked him in the face. They then grabbed his two daughters, aged 13 and 14, and fled.

Police said the dramatic episode is related to a custody battle between the father and the girls’ mother. The intruders allegedly were family members who later were among seven persons arrested near Åmli, charged with breaking and entering, kidnapping and assault.

The girls remain missing, although their mother’s lawyer told police that they allegedly were safe. Police said they were making efforts to find the girls as soon as possible.

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