According to the police, a family was taken a hostage in Switzerland on Friday to force the head of a precious metals company to hand over large amounts of gold.
In a statement, the regional Neuchatel police said that the hostages were later released unharmed, while a manhunt was underway for the six hostage-takers in neighbouring France.
“At dawn, six individuals took a family hostage in Chaux-de-Fonds,” in western Switzerland, the statement said.
Police spokesman Pierre-Louis Rochaix said the family consisted of a father, mother and a child aged around 10.
“They were taken a hostage at their home,” he said, adding that no physical violence appeared to have been used.