The shocking abduction attempt of an 8-year-old boy has been caught on camera.

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Police in the US state of Oklahoma are searching for a man after he was caught on CCTV trying to abduct an 8-year-old boy from a school wrestling competition.

The Oklahoma City Police Department released photos of the incident online, which show a man picking up the boy and attempting to walk away with him at the State Fairgrounds.

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Image via Facebook.

"When the child began to kick and scream, the man put the child down and left," the Police Department shared on Facebook.

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Image via Facebook.

Police have described the man as a "heavy set Hispanic or Native American, standing at approximately 6-feet-tall."

The would-be abductor was wearing a black baseball cap, grey sweatpants, a vest and a long-sleeved navy blue shirt, local news outlet KOHK-TV reported.

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Image via Facebook.

The shocking images have struck a cord with parents across the country, with some commenting that the child had been "taught well" to escape.

"The parents did a good job in teaching the child to fight back and scream, which probably saved his life," one person wrote on Facebook.

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"Anyone who thinks you can watch over your children every moment of everyday is not being honest with themselves."

Other's described the event as "every parent's worst nightmare".

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