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Tragedy has struck a outstanding German household.

Steakhouse heiress Christina Block‘s kids Klara, 13, and Theodor, 10 have been kidnapped whereas watching fireworks with their father Stephan Hensel at a New Year’s Eve celebration near the Germany-Denmark border, based on German newspaper Bild, per a translation by People.

The alleged abduction befell at a restaurant within the Danish city of Gråsten shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, when a gaggle of males knocked Hensel to the bottom and compelled the children into two vehicles, native police mentioned, per U.Ok. outlet The Telegraph. The autos—a Mercedes-Benz and a Citroën—bared German license plates, based on the publication, although it’s unclear in the event that they crossed the border after the incident.

Klara was final seen sporting mild cargo pants and a inexperienced sweater with a teddy bear on the entrance, per The Telegraph. In the meantime, her brother Theodor was in mild blue denims, a blue-and-white striped shirt and a darkish pullover.

Each Danish authorities and German police have launched an investigation into the matter.

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The kidnapping comes amid a custody battle for the youngsters between Block and Hensel, who divorced in 2018, based on The Telegraph.

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Per the outlet, a police official mentioned investigators are trying into “whether or not there’s a connection between the evening’s occasions and the query of parental authority.”

Block, 49, is the daughter of restauranteur Eugen Block, who based the Hamburg-based steakhouse chain Block Home in 1968. Her father’s fortune is estimated to be price $330 million, based on the German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt.

Neither she or Hensel have publicly spoken out in regards to the incident.

E! Information has reached out to German and Danish authorities for remark however has not heard again.

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