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Venezuelan TV Journalist Kidnapped by Armed Men

The father of a Venezuelan journalist said Monday his daughter was abducted Sunday and made a public plea for her release.

"In these moments there is a home practically shattered as a consequence of the abrupt disappearance of my daughter, and we don't know about her situation," said Luis Pinto in Spanish to reporters in Venezuela about the alleged disappearance of his daughter, Nairobi Pinto.

Pinto is the chief of correspondents for the Globovision TV news channel. Her father said she was taken by armed, masked gunmen at the entrance to her apartment in the western section of Caracas. Her whereabouts remain unknown.

Venezuela has one of the highest crime rates in the world, according to United Nations figures. More than 11,000 people were killed there in 2013, down from 16,000 in 2012, according to official figures.

The high crime rates have been cited by protesters during the last month of clashes and rallies against the government which has resulted in the deaths of 39 people, as well as hundreds of injuries.