Police last night launched a hunt for tiger kidnappers after a woman and a teenage boy from Northern Ireland were discovered locked in an isolated shed on the Republic side of the border.
The woman in her 30s and the teenager were found near Castleblayney in Monaghan, less than a mile from the Armagh border.
It is understood they were the victims of a tiger kidnapping in Belfast. It is believed the search operation followed a raid on a cash-in-transit van, also in Belfast.
The victims were freed after being abducted and moved between a number of locations until they were locked in the shed.
A security cordon was thrown around the area last night as a huge joint Garda and PSNI operation got under way.
The fire service from Castleblayney was called to the area after a van was found on fire near the house where the pair were found by a local resident.
It is understood the victims could be a mother and son.
No details were immediately available in relation to the kidnapping or the victims' identity.
The only recent cash-in-transit robbery was in the Ladybrook Drive area of Belfast on Wednesday afternoon.
Two men, one armed with a handgun, took a cash box and placed it in the back of a silver Peugeot 406 car, which then sped off.
The two robbers made their escape in a red Rover car which was last seen at Nutts Corner near Crumlin in Co Antrim.