Italian police are still hunting for the kidnappers of wealthy Italian landowner, Duke Massimiliano Grazioli, who was abducted by masked men near Rome on Monday (7 November).
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GV PAN Road and countryside near Grazioli's home (2 shots)
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Background: Italian police are still hunting for the kidnappers of wealthy Italian landowner, Duke Massimiliano Grazioli, who was abducted by masked men near Rome on Monday (7 November). After his abduction an anonymous telephone caller told the Grazioli family the 66-year-old Duke would die unless the kidnappers were given a 10 million lire (11 million dollar) ransom.
SYNOPSIS: The duke's kidnapping has been making headline news in Italy.
He was ambushed in this deserted area on the outskirts of Rome while driving back from his stud farm to the city, on Monday evening. A bodyguard who had been following in a separate car said five masked gunmen stopped both he and the duke, and sped the duke away in another car.
The duke's car was being kept in Rome, and police were to examine it for any evidence which might lead to the kidnappers. His was the second kidnapping within 24 hours in Italy. The next day the owner of a large arms manufacturing firm was abducted by three gunmen near Lake Como ... making more than 60 kidnappings in the country this year. so far police have no definite leads on the latest two.