BEIRUT: The family of an abducted pharmacist in east Lebanon has received a $500,000 ransom demand from his kidnappers, a security source said Wednesday.
The source told The Daily Star that police were still hunting for the kidnappers of Wissam Khatib who was snatched over the weekend as he was opening his pharmacy in the Zahle neighborhood of Karak al-Maallaqah, east Lebanon.
Meanwhile, relatives and friends of Khatib held a sit-in on the main road to Zahle, demanding that he be released quickly and unharmed.
Late last month, Khatib narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt after a mugging incident near his pharmacy. The pharmacist had closed his store when armed men in an SUV blocked the road and robbed him.
He managed to escape by flooring the gas pedal, slamming into the other vehicle and speeding off.
Lebanon has been hit by a spate of kidnappings for ransom.