BEIRUT: Police arrested Thursday the mother of a girl who was kidnapped in Jbeil over her alleged role in the abduction, the Internal Security Forces said, after they freed the 11-year-old earlier in the day.
Shahenda Farouq Zohbi, the daughter of farmers from the north Lebanon region of Akkar who work in Jbeil, was taken Wednesday by two individuals outside her house in Jbeil, security sources said.
The girl's kidnappers, identified as Syrian A. Mansour and M. Mekdash, demanded a ransom of $80,000 during a telephone call to Zohbi’s father, according to the sources.
The second kidnapper's nationality remains unknown.
The father reported the incident to the police and authorities managed to lure the kidnappers to the Amsheet highway linking Jbeil to Beirut.
Police said one of the kidnappers attempted to flee the scene but police officers shot his vehicle's tires and were able to arrest him after a brief chase.
The girl was slightly wounded during the shootout between the police and her kidnappers, sources said.
An investigation revealed that the Syrian man, 23, abducted the girl and handed her over to the other man, 26, to keep Zohbi in the northern neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli until the ransom was delivered, according to the police statement.
Police said they arrested the two men along with the girl's mother, 37, for complicity in the kidnapping.