Candlelight Vigil in Peru for AFP Journalist Abducted in Gaza

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Dozens of members of Peru’s national and foreign press held a candlelight vigil on Tuesday for a local photographer who was kidnapped while working in Gaza.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Jaime Razuri was abducted at gunpoint on Monday as he got out of his car with his driver.

The 50-year-old Peruvian had travelled to the region 15 days ago and was abducted near AFP’s offices.

Relatives and friends lit candles and held photographs of the veteran journalist who had captured so many images around the world.

Razuri’s work included coverage throughout the Americas, the Middle East and Europe.

Palestinian security officials said the kidnapping took place in central Gaza City, in the area where many foreign news agencies have offices.

They said the victim was standing at an intersection when about five masked men approached him, pushed him in a car and sped away.

The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release details.

There was no public claim of responsibility for the kidnapping.

Peru’s Foreign Press Association President Luis Jaime Cisneros has asked Palestinian, French and Peruvian authorities to continue their efforts to bring the photographer home safely.

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