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Lebanon police arrest kidnapper

This file photo shows policemen from the Internal Security Forces' Information Branch on a street patrol in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon police has arrested a wanted man who confessed to abducting 10 people for a ransom and being part of a network of Lebanese and Syrian kidnappers.

Internal Security Forces Information Branch arrested a man identified by his initials, Z.K., 35, also known as Ziyad al-Nahr, who was wanted on suspicion of kidnapping people in a "sensitive border area," according to an ISF statement.

The suspect was wanted for a number of other judicial warrants as well.

During interrogation, he confessed to kidnapping around 10 Syrians after luring them from Syrian territory, Beirut and Mount Lebanon to the northern city of Tripoli using a man or woman as bait.

Upon arriving to Tripoli, the victims would then be transferred to a northern border area where the kidnapper would hold them until their relatives paid a ransom.

He also told investigators that there were a number of Lebanese and Syrian groups that carry out similar abductions.

The police are in pursuit of the group members.





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