Lebanon News

Three Lebanese freed after being abducted in Nigeria

BEIRUT: Lebanese nationals abducted in a Nigerian city were released overnight Thursday, the director-general of the Foreign Affairs Ministry told The Daily Star.

Three Lebanese were abducted by gunmen from their home in the upscale Victoria Island area of Lagos earlier this week, a few weeks after two other Lebanese were snatched along with five foreigners in the country’s northern region.

“All three were released and they were home and safe by midnight,” said director-general Haitham Joumaa.

The kidnapped Lebanese were identified by sources in Nigeria as the brothers Karim and Ali Matar from the southern village of Zrarieh in Sidon, and Mohammad Haidar from the village of Shawkin in Nabatieh.

Commenting on the instability in the Central African Republic and the safety of Lebanese nationals living there, Joumaa said that the fighting had ceased and all Lebanese were unharmed. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 29, 2013, on page 3.




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