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.