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Rebels kidnap two Aleppo bishops

  • A file picture taken on February 10, 2013 shows Syrian Bishop Boulos Yaziji (seated-L), head of the Greek Orthodox church in Aleppo, in Damascus. An armed group kidnapped two bishops in a village in Aleppo province on April 22, 2103, including Bishop Boulos and Bishop Yuhanna Ibrahim, head of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Aleppo. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

BEIRUT: Two Aleppian bishops were kidnapped by Syrian rebels on the outskirts of the city Monday evening, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported.

The driver of Boulos al-Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo and Iskandaroun and Yuhanna Ibrahim, the Syrian-Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, was killed during the attack.

The NNA reported that Ibrahim, Yazigi and the third man, also a priest, were driving from a village near the Turkish border to Aleppo. As they approached the city, they were met with an armed group that forced them out of the car.

The bishops are believed to be alive and efforts are ongoing to secure their release.

 
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