This is the moment viewed by over a million people on Twitter when a young woman is dragged off a public bus by her hair before being bundled into a car and kidnapped.
After the widely-circulated footage caused outrage online, Turkish Minister of the Interior Suleyman Soylu announced that the suspects have been caught.
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The incident was filmed in the central Turkish province of Aksaray and posted on social media where it has gone viral.
According to reports, the bus was travelling from the Turkish capital Ankara to the southern port city of Mersin when a car with the licence plate 06 BFJ 470 suddenly blocked its path.
A group then entered the bus and started shouting at the female passenger, identified as Kadriye Cavus, before dragging her off by her hair.
As seen in the viral footage, the woman was then dragged along the ground to a waiting vehicle before being bundled inside.
Reports said that stunned bus passengers intervened but were unable to stop the kidnappers, believed to be relatives of the victim.
Witnesses immediately called the cops and the suspects have been apprehended while the victim has been placed under police protection.
Interior Minister Suleyman wrote on Twitter: “The authorities seized the vehicle and detained the suspects. Kadriye Cavus is under the protection of our security forces and the Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Policies.”
The reason behind the alleged kidnapping is currently unclear as the police investigation continues.
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