Algerian man missing for 26 years found in neighbor’s house

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
1 min read

An Algerian man who had been missing for 26 years has been found in his neighbor’s house, just a few minutes’ walk away, the country’s justice ministry said Tuesday.

The man only identified as Omar B. had vanished at the age of 19 during the Algerian Civil War in 1998, and his family assumed he had been kidnapped or killed.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Now aged 45, he was found amid haystacks only about 200 meters (yards) away in the city of Djelfa after the captor’s brother aired grievances on social media, reportedly due to an inheritance dispute.

The alleged culprit, a 61-year-old doorman at the municipality in the nearby town of El Guedid, was taken into custody after attempting to flee, the ministry said.

Algerian media reported that the victim said he had been unable to call out for help “because of a spell that his captor had cast on him”.

The ministry said the investigation was still ongoing, adding that the victim was receiving medical and psychological care after the crime it described as “heinous”.

Read more:

Morocco’s King hopes for ‘normality’ in relations with neighboring Algeria

Kidnapped Nigerian students, teachers freed by gunmen, but driver killed: Government

French parliament condemns 1961 Paris massacre of Algerians

Top Content Trending