Lebanon News

Lebanese businessman kidnapped in Baalbek

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint following tensions after the killing of four Lebanese men in Bekaa, June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Rami Bleibel

BEIRUT: A Lebanese businessman was kidnapped overnight in the eastern town of Baalbek, security sources said Wednesday.

They said Hussein Ali Awada, who owns a linen shop in Baalbek’s old city, was snatched around midnight.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Awada had recently informed police that a "gang" from the Jaafar clan demanded he pay them $5,000 but that he had refused.

Lebanon has been hit by a spate of kidnap-for-ransom.

 

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