Kidnappers abducted the president of Argentina's largest cigarette firm from in front of his home on Sunday (9 April).
GV, SV Press and security around home of Mr. Brimicombe (4 shots)
SV Relatives leaving house
GV & SVs Building where kidnapped man worked (4 shots)
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Background: Kidnappers abducted the president of Argentina's largest cigarette firm from in front of his home on Sunday (9 April).
Four people, one of them a woman, grabbed Mr. Victor Brimicombe when he drove up to is house in Buenos Aires' Temperley suburb. Mr. Brimicombe, 56, apparently struggled with his captors and was struck on the head before being bundled into the getaway vehicle.
The kidnapped man is president of Nobleza tobacco company, a subsidiary of British-American Tobacco. He is a British citizen.
There have been at least 25 confirmed cases of kidnapping in Argentina so far this year with ransoms of safe release rising to the equivalent of 1.5 million dollars U.S. (GBP650 thousand approx) in the case of an executive of the U.S. Kodak Corporation, freed late Saturday (April 7) after the ransom was paid.
SYNOPSIS: Newsmen and security police mingled outside the suburban Buenos Aires home of the head of Argentina's largest tobacco company on Monday after he was kidnapped. Mr. Victor Brimicombe, a British citizen, was taken from the front of his own home in the suburb of Temperley after driving up inn his own car. Mr. Brimicombe, who is fifty-six, tried to fight off his four attackers, but was hit over the head and bundled into a waiting car.
Several relatives visited the kidnapped man's wife on Monday.
Mr. Brimicombe is chief of Nobleza Tobacco, a subsidiary of British-American Tobacco. By Tuesday there had been no ransom demands, but ransoms in recent kidnapping have totalled as much as one and a half million dollars.