Feb 2, 2013 photo, a general view of Arsal, a majority Sunni Muslim town in eastern Lebanon near the Syrian border. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Two Arsal residents were abducted and later released Tuesday after a passenger van they were riding in was ambushed by militants in northeast Lebanon.A security source said unidentified militants in two SUVs stopped the van in the mainly Shiite Baalbek village of Nabi Othman, where they abducted two passengers identified as Ahmad Hussein Kronbi and Amer Kronbi.According to the source, Tuesday's abduction was a retaliatory kidnapping carried out one day after a Halbata resident from the Saifeddine family was snatched in the predominantly Sunni town of Arsal.
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