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Police foil forced-marriage kidnap

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15:57 CEST+02:00

German police said on Tuesday they had foiled a bid by two Turks to kidnap a 17-year-old girl from Sarregumines, in eastern France, for a forced marriage in Turkey.

The attempted abduction of the French teenager of Turkish origin, took place on Sunday, just across the German border, in Saarbruecken, police said.

Two Turks, aged 35 and 37, blocked the car in which the alleged victim was being driven by a 20-year-old friend at a traffic light, forcing her into their own car.

"Thanks to eyewitness reports, a regional search was launched which allowed police in Rhineland-Palatinate to intercept the car" some 60 kilometers further east, police in Saarland said.

A preliminary investigation found that the two arrested men wanted to take the French-born girl to Turkey where she was to be married against her will, police added.

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