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Africa's youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania: Police

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Africa's youngest billionaire was kidnapped Thursday morning by gunmen in Tanzania's economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said.

Mohammed Dewji, 40, who heads the which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel in the city.

"Initial information indicates he was kidnapped by whites travelling in two vehicles," told journalists, adding that "this kind of incident is new here".

also implicated foreigners in the crime during a press conference, adding they had "shot into the air" before bustling Dewji into their car.

He said police were hunting for suspects and had already made arrests.

Dewji was born in and studied at in the

He also served as a from 2005 to 2015.

In 2013 he became the first Tanzanian to grace the cover of magazine, and was in 2015 named Person of the Year.

Dewji is also the main shareholder in Tanzania's Simba FC football club.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 15:30 IST
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