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Lebanese Army arrests kidnapping suspect

Army Commander Gen . Jean Kahwagi arrives to attend a Cabinet session at the presidential palace in Baabda, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Army intelligence arrested one of the suspected kidnappers of Youssef Bshara and recovered most of the ransom paid to win his release, the National News Agency (NNA) said Friday.

The state-run NNA said a suspect in last week’s kidnapping of Youssef Bshara was apprehended during an Army raid in Shiyah, south of Beirut, Thursday evening.

Bshara, the brother of a popular chain of bakeries, was abducted over the weekend in Bsalim, northeast of Beirut. He was released Tuesday after his kidnappers received a ransom of $400,000 from the Bshara family.

During the raid, the Army found $380,000 of the ransom money in the house of another kidnapping suspect, who is on the run.

A manhunt is under way to arrest those kidnapping suspects still at large, the NNA said.

Accompanied by his daughter, Bshara visited Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Walid Salman at his office in Yarze Friday morning, expressing gratitude for the arrest of one of his captors.

“We would have no security if not for the Army,” Bshara said.

Addressing Bshara as he returned the confiscated ransom money to him, Salman said: “We are doing our best to maintain Lebanon’s stability and prevent kidnappings.”

 

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