• Kyodo


A group of about 50 youths abducted seven teenagers in the town of Mugegawa, Gifu Prefecture, at around 11 p.m. Saturday night and beat them before releasing them Sunday, local police said.

According to police officials, the seven had gone to a convenience store in the town on scooters at around 11 p.m. They were outside talking when they were forced into several vehicles by the group, which appeared to be a gang in cars and on motorbikes.

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