Norwegian police say the wife of one of Norway's richest men may have been abducted and a demand for 9-million euro ($10.3-million) ransom in a cryptocurrency, considered a popular virtual currency among cyber-criminals, has been made.
She was said to have been attacked when raiders snatched her from the couple's bathroom at their house which is surrounded by woodland.
It remains unclear what the exact figure of the demanded ransom is, but local Norwegian media claim the kidnappers asked for more than $10 million.
The kidnappers have threatened to use violence against her if her family does not meet their demands, Norway's newspaper of reference Aftenposten said, adding that there had been limited contact with the suspects.
Svein Holden, Hagen's lawyer, told reporters the abduction was "a cruel and an inhuman act".
Police believe she disappeared from the couple's home, 31 miles from the Swedish border.
Police have been investigating the case discreetly for several weeks but decided to make it public in the hope that someone would come forward with information, Broske said.
Tom Hagen is on Kapital's list of Norway's 400 richest men, having made his wealth through the purchase and sale of electricity as well as housing development.
Hagen's wife disappeared suddenly from the family's Lørenskog home on October 31st, and hasn't been seen since.
"A ransom demand and serious threats have been issued", Broeske told a news conference. We have not known anything comparable in this country. Broeske declined to comment other than saying "the threats (in the note) were of a very serious character".
"Despite a broad and extensive investigation, we need more information", he continued.
He said officers had been working on the case for several weeks and have urged the family not to pay the ransom. Norwegian police have also engaged global counterparts in Interpol and Europol as part of the probe.
Kidnappings are extremely rare in the Scandinavian nation, which has 5.3 million people and prides itself on low crime rates.
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