Lebanon News

Abductors free man kidnapped in Bekaa Valley

A general view of the Bekaa village of Arsal, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. (The Daily Star Photo)

BEIRUT: A man who was kidnapped for a ransom earlier this week in the Bekaa Valley was freed over the weekend by his kidnappers, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The kidnappers of Amer Abu Shahine, who was snatched Wednesday in the village of Douris in Baalbek, freed him Saturday night, the NNA said.

The agency said the there was no payment of ransom, which the kidnappers had set last week at $600,000. Instead, it added, authorities had managed to pressure the abductors to set Abu Shahine free.

A wave of kidnapping-for-ransom incidents has swept the country in the past few months, prompting police and security authorities to step up measures to curb the growing trend.

Over 50 people are in custody for their suspected involvement in abductions in the country.





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