Former National Rugby League (NRL) superstar Jamal Idris has reportedly suffered a kidnapping attempt at Vietnam.
The 25-year-old Jamal Idris was touring in Ho Chi Minh City when the kidnappers attacked him after separating him from his group. They tried to extort money from the former Gold Coast Titans center.
Jamal Idris managed to escape however and he immediately made contact with his family. His family then informed the Australian Federal Police about the incident, as reported by news.com.au.
Liam Cox, channel seven reporter spoke of the incident on the network’s news bulletin.
“People very close to Jamal Idris have told Seven News that he was the victim of an attempted kidnap. These people, they were violent, they tried to extort a large sum of money.” Cox said.
Cox also added that Jamal Idris fought the kidnappers back and skillfully managed to escape. Jamal Idris has also made contact with the Australian consulate in Vietnam. The consulate advised the former NRL superstar to leave the country immediately.
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 21, 2016
It is being reported that Jamal Idris is “extremely distressed” by the incident.
“The Mole” of the Rugby League also tweeted the news of Idris going missing.
BREAKING: Jamal idris has gone missing in Vietnam. Family worried. Contact Moley if u have seen or heard of him. Serious situation peeps
— The Mole (@9_Moley) February 20, 2016
“It’s a matter of life and death…can’t stress the importance of the message.” Alana Simon, Jamal Idris’ mother said to Sporting News.
Jamal Idris appeared in just one game for NSW in 2010 and then went on to debut for the Kangaroos in 2011.
The former NRL center/second-row is currently without a club and is on an indefinite leave from the game.
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