Lebanese army frees kidnapped Saudi national near Syrian border

Hezbollah supporters carrying flags on motorbikes drive past Lebanese soldiers as the army deploys amid clashes in the Khalde area, south of the capital, on August 1, 2021 (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)
Illustrative: Hezbollah supporters carrying flags on motorbikes drive past Lebanese soldiers as the army deploys amid clashes in the Khalde area, south of the capital, on August 1, 2021 (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

A Saudi national who had been kidnapped in Beirut is freed in a “special operation” by the Lebanese army near the Syrian border, it says in a statement.

“An army intelligence patrol managed to free kidnapped Saudi national Mashari al-Mutairi during a special operation on the Syrian border,” the army says. “A number of those involved in the kidnapping were also arrested,” it adds.

A senior Lebanese security source told AFP yesterday that, based on preliminary information, the Saudi was kidnapped by unidentified assailants dressed as security personnel in a four-wheel drive vehicle on the Beirut seafront, where he had been in a restaurant.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati congratulates the army on the “great effort deployed to release him and arrest those involved in the kidnapping.”

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