I was forwarded the following email, originally from the mother of the child who was reportedly the subject of a suspicious attempted to abduct him recently at Muscat International Airport.
Perhaps just another sign of the times, perhaps. Fortunately, it sounds like the guy was an amateur, and he was totally unsuccessful. One would think there would be plenty of CCTV footage at the airport to ID him...
"Teresa V (Aussie Mum with triplet 3 year old boys) asked to circulate this account below. It is not an urban myth or a scare story. There were witnesses who agreed that she was not over-reacting and the airport police are taking the matter seriously. The startling thing is it happened at all and more so that according to the Australian Embassy it is the second incident involving children in Oman in the past few weeks. ..."
The mother's story:
On Thursday the 30th of October we were at Muscat International Airport waiting for a flight to arrive. Shortly after 1pm, two men dressed in Dishdashas, characteristic of the Emirates rather than Oman, approached my three small boys and played with them (pinched their cheeks etc). They then left into the crowd. We were seated in Costa Coffee arrivals and my sons were playing just in front of the seating area in full view.
A short time later one of the men returned and swiftly pushed one of my sons down a corridor adjacent to Costa. The corridor led to a door to the outside of the terminal. I immediately followed the man. When I caught up with the man, he let go of my son and walked quickly off without a word, towards the departures terminal. My son was quite shaken and clung to me and repeatedly said 'why did that man push me'. Two other men at Costa witnessed this and spoke to me and then went to look for the man who had pushed my son. Unfortunately they could not find him. The incident was reported to the police.
Please let me know if you would like any further details.
Many thanks for circulating this