Maronite Bishop Semaan Atallah holds a mass in Deir Ahmar, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Maronite Bishop Semaan Atallah was the target of an attempted abduction over the weekend in the eastern town of Zahle by a known group, a security source told The Daily Star.Atallah, the head of the Baalbek-Der Ahmar dioceses, confirmed the incident and returned to the diocese in Baalbek to reassure the town's residents as church bells tolled in Der Ahmar in protest of the attempted kidnapping.The bishop also spoke about deteriorating security in the Bekaa Valley, voicing concern that the war in Syria could spill over into Lebanon.Officials and local figures flocked to the dioceses to visit the bishop and voice condemnations over the incident.
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