Report: 27 People Kidnapped in a Year across Lebanon

Twenty-Seven kidnapping cases occurred in Lebanon, particularly in the Bekaa, within a year, An Nahar newspaper reported on Monday.

According to a security report obtained by the daily, the abductions were carried out by19 wanted suspects, most of whom reside in the eastern towns of Balbaak and Hermel, and three others from the Shouf region.

The report said that the kidnappers were able to obtain a sum of five million dollars in ransom in exchange for the abductees' freedom, without calculating the ransoms paid by the families of some kidnapped people that are yet to be determined.

The daily noted that Syrian nationals are among the kidnappers.

Lebanon has been witnessing a kidnapping spree targeting businessmen or investors, but the authorities have vowed to put an end to the phenomenon.

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