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Turkish hostage now in hands of Lebanese authorities: NNA

BEIRUT: A Turkish man kidnapped in mid-August in the east Lebanese province of Bekaa is now in the hands of the Lebanese General Security Agency, Lebanon's National News Agency said on Thursday.

The man was the second Turkish national to be taken hostage in Lebanon during the summer, when a spate of kidnappings targeting mainly Syrians was kick-started by members of the Muqdad clan.

The Shiite clan staged a mass kidnapping in mid-August after one its members was taken hostage in neighbouring Syria, while other kidnappers also took hostage several Syrians and nationals of countries whose governments support the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Also on Thursday, Lebanon's military intelligence arrested Maher al-Muqdad, the spokesman of the clan, NNA reported.

On Wednesday, another Turkish hostage kidnapped by the Shiite clan arrived in Turkey after he was freed.

Aydin Tufan Tekin, a businessman, was abducted by the Muqdad clan along with 20 Syrians in southern Beirut last month.

 
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